Vaccinations

About the winter vaccination (COVID and flu) programme

GPs and community NHS teams across Gloucestershire are offering the COVID-19 and flu vaccines to people who are most at risk of getting very ill this winter. If you’re eligible for one or both of these vaccines, it’s really important to take up the offer as soon as possible to reduce your risk of becoming seriously unwell.

This page will explain who is eligible for which vaccine (COVID and flu), how you will be invited to book your jabs and answer any questions you may have.

COVID vaccinations

The groups who will be offered COVID vaccinations this winter are:

  1. Anyone who is eligible but has not had their first or second doses of the COVID vaccine

We’re at the forefront of the COVID-19 community vaccination response and great progress has been made in vaccinating those aged 16/17 (single dose) and anyone aged 18 and over (two doses). If you are eligible but haven’t yet had your first or second dose you can still take up the offer; just follow the instructions in your original invitation from local GP services, use the national booking system to get an appointment at a community pharmacy (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119) or look out for drop-in clinics.

2. Those eligible for COVID Boosters

There are three ways for adults to access a booster in Gloucestershire:

  • Via appointment at a GP-led primary care network vaccination centre – The bulk of vaccinations continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 GP primary care network community vaccination centres across the county. Please note that these appointments are not available on the national booking system (NBS), people will receive an invite directly from local NHS services to book when it’s their turn. They do not need to contact their GP Practice to get an appointment.
  • Via the national booking system (NBS) – some people may choose to book an appointment at one of 8 community pharmacies or the new Jab Van at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital using the NBS telephone number and website (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119).
  • At a drop-in clinic – drop-in clinics will continue at some community vaccination sites through December. Dates (including any new ones) and any changes to eligibility for future drop-in sessions will be available in the drop-in section of this page (see below). People can also keep up to date through CCG (@GlosCCG) and GP Practice social media channels for up to date information on who is eligible to attend each clinic.

3. 12-15 year olds (COVID)

The Government has recommended that all children aged 12 to 15 years should be offered two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination (Pfizer).

The school-based immunisation team has been visiting secondary schools across the county since September delivering first doses. Some children have also been able to access a jab via drop-in clinics held at one of 11 GP-led primary care network sites. Find out more about the programme for 12 to 15 year olds here.

On 29 November, the Government confirmed that all 12 to 15 year-olds should be offered a second dose, from 12 weeks after the first. We will make further announcements about how to access a second dose in due course.

4. Flu vaccinations

In parallel with the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the annual flu vaccination programme is also underway.

This year, the following groups are eligible:

  • all children aged 2 to 15 (but not 16 years or older) on 31 August 2021
  • those aged 6 months to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • those in long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff

Adults, two and three year-olds who are eligible for a flu vaccination will receive an invite from local GP services to have a jab at either their local GP Practice or nearest GP-led community vaccination site.  Adults may also be able to get a flu jab at a local pharmacy.

Primary school children and secondary school children up to the age of 15 will be offered a nasal spray flu vaccine via the school delivery programme managed by Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust.

JCVI have confirmed that adults can have their COVID booster and flu vaccination at the same time, so you may be offered the opportunity to have both at the same appointment, subject to supplies. However, if you’re not yet eligible for a COVID booster (i.e. your second dose was less than six months ago) it’s really important not to delay getting your flu vaccine so please have it as soon as its offered.


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.

GPs and their teams are providing the bulk of COVID-19 vaccinations at the GP led community vaccination centres (and associated mobile services). If people have booked a vaccination appointment following communication from local GP services, they are politely asked to keep it. Some vaccination sites may offer drop-in clinics, which we will advertise below. Dates are added regularly, so please keep checking back for the latest information.

Some community vaccination sites may also offer flu vaccinations to those who are eligible, dependent on availability, though many will be offered an appointment for a flu jab at their regular GP practice.

There are eleven community vaccination sites:

Cheltenham
Cheltenham East Fire Station
Cotswolds
North Cotswold Hospital, Moreton in Marsh
Cirencester Hospital
Forest of Dean
Old Cinderford Health Centre
Gloucester
Aspen Centre, Horton Road
Rosebank Surgery, Stroud Road
Churchdown Community Centre
Stroud and Berkeley Vale
Beeches Green Health Centre, Stroud
Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud
Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green
Tewkesbury
The Devereux Centre, Tewkesbury

Through the national booking website or phone number, residents can choose to make an appointment at a pharmacy location in the county – Boots and Allied Pharmacy in Gloucester, Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve, Cainscross Pharmacy in Stroud and Cirencester or Day Lewis and Allied Pharmacy in the Forest of Dean, subject to availability. Some out of county services/centres may be available to certain residents in priority groups (based on where they live) through the national booking system – website: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119.


Some vaccination sites are offering drop-in clinics for COVID-19 vaccines. We will share details here when we’re aware of them (further dates are coming soon).

Please note you must wear a mask when you attend any vaccination site.

Where Date Open to
Old Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road Thursday 27 January 8:40am-12:30pm and 13:40pm-17:30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Unit C11, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College campus, Berkeley Green Thursday 27 January 8.30am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

JabVan, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (see map here) Thursday 27 January 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

No vaccines for 12-15 year olds at this clinic

Allied Pharmacy, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Thursday 27 January 9.30am-5pm Anyone over 18 in need of a first, second(must be at least8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No under 18 vaccines available at this clinic

Room BG101, The Business School and Growth Hub, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester Thursday 27 January 10am-4pm (or until supply is used) Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

Newent Medical Centre Thursday 27 January 1.30pm-4.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

NO VACCINES for 12-15 year olds at this clinic.

North Cotswold Hospital Thursday 27 January 4.30pm-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Cheltenham East Fire Station Thursday 27 January 5:30pm-8pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Brittania Dance Studio (Cainscross Pharmacy), 1 Kingsley Villas, Cashes Green Road, Stroud, GL5 4JG Friday 28 January 8.30am-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second(must be at least 8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No 12-15 year old vaccinations at this clinic

JabVan, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (see map here) Friday 28 January 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

No vaccines for 12-15 year olds at this clinic

Allied Pharmacy, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Friday 28 January 9.30am-5pm Anyone over 18 in need of a first, second(must be at least8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No under 18 vaccines available at this clinic

Chipping Campden Foodbank, Baptiste Church Friday 28 January 10am-4pm (or until supply is used) Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

Beeches Green Health Centre,
Stroud
Saturday 29 January 8:30am-12:30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

North Cotswold Hospital Saturday 29 January 8.30am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Cirencester Hospital Saturday 29 January 8.10am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Rosebank surgery, Gloucester Saturday 29 January 8.30am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

West Dean Pharmacy (Cainscross Pharmacy), High Street, Bream, GL15 6JW Saturday 29 January 8.30am-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second(must be at least 8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No 12-15 year old vaccinations at this clinic

Old Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road Saturday 29 January 8:40am-12:30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

JabVan, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (see map here) Saturday 29January 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Allied Pharmacy, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Saturday 29 January 9.30am-5pm Anyone over 18 in need of a first, second(must be at least8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No under 18 vaccines available at this clinic

Bingham Hall Trust (Cainscross Pharmacy), King Street, Cirencester, GL7 1JT Sunday 30 January 8.30am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second(must be at least 8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No 12-15 year old vaccinations at this clinic

JabVan, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (see map here) Sunday 30 January 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Allied Pharmacy, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Sunday 30 January 9.30am-5pm Anyone over 18 in need of a first, second(must be at least8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No under 18 vaccines available at this clinic

Cheltenham East Fire Station Sunday 30 January 9:30am-12:30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Allied Pharmacy, 28 Southgate Street, Gloucester Monday 31 January 9.30am-5pm Anyone over 18 in need of a first, second(must be at least8 weeks after first) or booster dose (must be at least 3 months following the second dose). Pfizer and Moderna available.

No under 18 vaccines available at this clinic

Old Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road Wednesday 2 February 8:40am-12:30pm and 1.40pm-5.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

North Cotswold Hospital Wednesday 2 February 3pm-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

North Cotswold Hospital Thursday 3 February 3pm-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

The Devereux Centre, Tewkesbury Thursday 3 February 5.30pm-7.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Old Cinderford Health Centre, Dockham Road Friday 4 February 1.40pm-5.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

St Thomas Moore Chucrh, Princess Elizabeth Way, Cheltenham, GL51 7RA Friday 4 February 10am-4pm (or until vaccine supply runs out) Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Rosebank surgery, Gloucester Saturday 5 February 8.30am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

Cirencester Hospital Saturday 5 February 8.10am-12.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

The Devereux Centre, Tewkesbury Saturday 5 February 10am-11.30am Anyone over 16 in need of a booster (must be at least 3 months following the second dose).

Also anyone aged 16/17 (second doses can only be given 12 weeks after the first) or over 18s for first or second doses of Pfizer (second doses can only be given from 8 weeks after the first).

First or second doses for 12-15 year olds (must be accompanied by a parent, second doses must be at least 12 weeks after the first. Children must be 12 weeks clear of a positive COVID test to get a vaccine).

People should not attend the drop-in service if:

  • they have already made an appointment at a vaccination centre in the county
  • they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have had a positive COVID-19 test within the last 4 weeks (people aged over 18) or 12 weeks (children under the age of 18)

For FAQs about the school programme for 12 to 15 year olds please see here.

There are three ways for adults to access a COVID vaccine in Gloucestershire:

  • Via appointment at a GP-led primary care network vaccination centre – The bulk of vaccinations continue to be provided by appointment through the 11 GP primary care network community vaccination centres across the county. Please note that these appointments are not available on the national booking system (NBS), people will receive an invite directly from local NHS services to book when it’s their turn. They do not need to contact their GP Practice to get an appointment.
  • Via the national booking system (NBS) – some people may choose to book an appointment at one of 8 community pharmacies or the new Jab Van at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital using the NBS telephone number and website (www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or call 119).
  • At a drop-in clinic – drop-in clinics will continue at some community vaccination sites through December. Dates (including any new ones) and any changes to eligibility for future drop-in sessions will be available on the local NHS COVID portal. People can also keep up to date through CCG (@GlosCCG) and GP Practice social media channels for up to date information on who is eligible to attend each clinic.

The average age of people in intensive care is 60, but people much younger have been seriously ill and died too, with thousands more still suffering the effects of Long COVID after what might have been a mild initial case. If we’ve learned anything from this last year, it’s that nobody is really safe. Anyone can get COVID-19, including young people, and anyone can spread it. Getting vaccinated is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and others around you from the virus, vaccines reduce infections, hospitalisations and deaths from COVID-19.

Mr Noel Peter, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains why everyone over the age of 18 should have a vaccine.

Yes. The NHS will not offer any COVID-19 vaccines to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said the vaccines in use are 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.

There have been reports of an extremely rare adverse event of concurrent thrombosis (blood clots) and thrombocytopenia (low platelet count) following vaccination with the first dose of AstraZeneca.

The UK’s Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has considered the relative balance of benefits and risks and advise that the benefits of prompt vaccination with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine far outweigh the risk of adverse events, in particular for individuals 40 years of age and over and those who have underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease.

JCVI currently advises that it is preferable for adults aged under 40 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine, if available.

Anyone who has received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should still attend for their second vaccination, irrespective of age.

Read more about the AstraZeneca vaccine here.

Mr Noel Peter, Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains why the NHS is confident the vaccines are safe.

Yes. The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) confirm that pregnant women are advised to get the vaccination where possible as they are at a higher risk from COVID-19, especially in the 3rd trimester.

The vast majority of pregnant women who become seriously ill with COVID-19 are unvaccinated, so it’s really important to have both doses of your vaccine to protect you and your baby.

Thousands of pregnant women have been safely vaccinated across the UK and worldwide and there is no current evidence of any serious side effects for pregnant women who have had the vaccination.

You can read the guidance from JCVI here.

The NHS has lots of information available to help you make a decision about whether to have a vaccination during pregnancy. You can also talk things through with a healthcare professional before you make a decision, whether that’s your GP or midwife, they’d be happy to talk through the risks and benefits with you.

Five reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re pregnant

A leaflet for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding

Local GP, Dr Jeremy Welch, joined the Gloucestershire Maternity Voices Partnership on a Facebook Live to answer questions about having the jab while pregnant.

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In most cases, no. Supply and availability of vaccines will be a key factor.

Any vaccines that the NHS 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.


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.


If you don’t drive, or don’t have a family member, friend or neighbour who can take you to your local vaccine centre, the Community Wellbeing Service may be able to help you.  If you contact your local service they will be able to discuss the options with you and put you in touch with someone who can help.  Please note there is likely to be a charge for any transport provided.


People with history of a severe allergy to the ingredients of the vaccines should not be vaccinated.

The MHRA have updated their guidance to say that pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding can have the vaccine but should discuss it with a clinician to ensure that the benefits outweigh any potential risks.


Dr Gayatri Amirthalingam is a consultant in the National Immunisation team at Public Health England. In this video she explains that there are no concerns about the COVID-19 vaccines affecting present or future fertility, providing important reassurance.

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. The NHS will ensure that people have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.

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

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.


Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short term, lasting no longer than a week, and not everyone gets them. These may include:

• A sore arm where the needle went in
• A headache
• Feeling achy
• Feeling or being sick
• Feeling tired

If required, paracetamol can help relieve some discomfort.

There have been reports of extremely rare cases of blood clots. The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe,effective and has already saved thousands of lives. The MHRA, and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have both said that the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults.

The JCVI advises as a precaution that it’s preferable for people under the age of 40 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible.

Every single vaccine authorised for use in the UK has been assessed for safety by the MHRA. Millions of people have already received the Covid-19 vaccine. The MHRA operates the Yellow Card scheme on behalf of the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM). The scheme collects and monitors information on suspected safety concerns and relies on voluntary reporting of suspected adverse incidents by healthcare professionals and members of the public (users, patients and healthcare professionals). You can find out more at yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk

First and second doses of COVID-19

There are a number of patient resources available. Several of these leaflets are available in multiple languages, just click on the link which takes you through to relevant page of the gov.uk website.

A guide for older adults
Resources for children and young people
A guide to COVID vaccinations – Easy Read
Invite letter – Easy Read
What to expect after your vaccination
What to expect after your vaccination – Easy Read
Why am I being asked to wait?
Women of childbearing age, those currently pregnant or breastfeeding
Vaccinations in pregnancy
A guide for women currently pregnant or breastfeeding – Easy Read
Vaccination guides in British Sign Language 
Information for Healthcare Workers
A guide for social care staff

The Inclusion Gloucestershire website has lots of useful resources, including easy read guides and information about reasonable adjustments for people with severe learning disabilities. Visit the site here.

COVID-19 Booster

A guide to booster vaccination

12 to 15 year old vaccines

Resources for the school vaccination programme are available here.

Information in other languages 

We are working with healthcare professionals and others in the community to produce translations of important vaccination information into other languages. Find these resources here.


Organisations play a vital role in helping to promote a positive vaccination message to make sure workplaces are safe. Only through collective effort, will we help people to make well informed decisions and encourage as many people as possible to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

The COVID-19 vaccination is our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 and getting back to normal, so we are urging employers to support their staff in getting the vaccine. There are benefits for everyone; if people are protected from COVID-19 the risk of cases and outbreaks and therefore workplace absence is reduced. In supporting business and society to get back to normal, we will hopefully avoid any more years like the one we’ve all just been through.

We have developed some resources which we hope will help you understand your role in the COVID-19 vaccination programme, and information to make it as easy as possible for you to share accurate information with your staff about how and why they should take up the offer of a vaccination.


For more information on the national COVID-19 vaccination programme and priority groups, you may find the following links useful:

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