GPs and community NHS teams across Gloucestershire are offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from Coronavirus.

We’re at the forefront of the COVID-19 community vaccination response and significant progress has been made with vaccinating frontline staff, over 80s and care home residents.  There is a real focus on vaccinating the top priority groups over the coming weeks.

Wait to be contacted
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.

The vaccines approved for use in the UK have been developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca. For more information about the vaccines take a look at our FAQs below or visit the nhs.uk vaccination page here.

We will regularly post updates on the rollout of the vaccination programme on our news page here.


Groups of GP practices are working closely together with community services and volunteers to provide vaccination services across the county.

If you’re in a priority group, please wait to be contacted by your GP surgery/the NHS about an appointment slot.

Vaccination centres are running in the following locations:

Cheltenham
Cheltenham East Fire Station

Cotswolds
North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton in Marsh
Cirencester Hospital

Forest of Dean
Old Cinderford Health Centre

Gloucester
Rosebank Surgery, Stroud Road
Churchdown Community Centre

Stroud and Berkeley Vale
Beeches Green Health Centre, Stroud
Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud
Vale Community Hospital, Dursley

Tewkesbury
The Devereux Centre, Tewkesbury

 


The health and social care worker vaccinations are being carried out by Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Staff are being prioritised according to their COVID-19 risk assessments, with all staff being offered the vaccination in the coming weeks and months. You will be invited to book your vaccination appointment when the time comes.

 


What vaccine for COVID-19 is currently available?

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. Both vaccines have been shown to be safe and offer high levels of protection, and have been given regulatory approval by the MHRA.

For more information about the vaccines visit the nhs.uk vaccination page here.

How will patients be invited for a vaccination?

When it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward from your GP surgery/the NHS. Please be sure that this communication is from an official NHS source. Remember your vaccination is free and the NHS will never ask for payment.

We know lots of people will be eager to get vaccinated, but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they receive their communication.

Why has my 2nd dose been rescheduled?

The UK Chief Medical Officers have agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses (up to 12 weeks) so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks.

This decision will allow the NHS to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives.

Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to keep their appointment for the 2nd dose when offered.

If you are in a priority group, please wait for your GP surgery/NHS to contact you about your vaccination.

Can people choose what vaccine they want? 

No. Any vaccines that the NHS will provide will have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they get it will offer a high degree of protection.

Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe? 

Yes. The NHS will not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

How long does the vaccine take to become effective?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease.

While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long‑term protection from the virus, you will still have significant protection for a period of time after you have received the first dose. The second dose of the vaccine can be given up to 12 weeks after the first dose.

Why is it important to get your COVID-19 vaccination?

If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.

For the public (and staff), getting your COVID-19 vaccination, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.

The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.

Who cannot have the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.

Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.

Are there any known or anticipated side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose.

Very common side effects include:

  • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • General aches, or mild flu like symptoms

As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.

How many doses of the vaccine will be required and when?

You are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, up to 12 weeks apart.


There are a number of patient resources available. These may be subject to change as the vaccination programme rolls out, so please keep checking back to make sure you have the most up to date guidance.


Our films from each of the community vaccination centres offer a guide to how the programme is working on the ground.

A guide to community vaccination centres in Gloucestershire

Cheltenham East Fire Station

Cirencester Hospital

North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton in Marsh

Old Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road

Rosebank Surgery, Gloucester

Churchdown Community Centre, Gloucester

Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud 

Beeches Green Health Centre, Stroud

Vale Community Hospital, Dursley

The Devereux Centre, Tewkesbury


For more information on the national vaccination programme and priority groups, you may find the following links useful: