Vaccinations

Spring boosters are being offered to people at greatest risk of COVID-19 infection from 21 March in the latest phase of the vaccine programme.

An additional dose is being offered as a precaution to people who are at extreme high risk from COVID-19 infection from six months after their first booster. This will help protect them if COVID-19 rates are high over the summer months and reduce their chances of needing hospital treatment if they do catch the virus.

At the moment, we are asking people who are eligible for a spring booster not to contact their GP surgery, local NHS services will be in touch soon inviting people to book an appointment.

Who can have the spring booster?

The spring booster is available to those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19:

• People aged 75 and older
• Residents of care homes for older people
• People aged 12 and over who have a weakened immune system. ‘Weakened immune system’ includes those with underlying health conditions such as chronic leukaemia or lymphoma, and those who have had immunosuppressive treatment following an organ transplant or have had radiotherapy or chemotherapy.


It isn’t too late for anyone who is eligible for a first, second or booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination to change their mind and take up the offer.

Vaccination sites across the county are still offering first or second doses to anyone over the age of 12, plus boosters to those over the age of 18.

Additionally, some children aged 5-11 who are clinically extremely vulnerable or the household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed are being invited for a first dose of the vaccination.

To access a vaccination 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.


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.


People may choose to book an appointment at one of 10 community pharmacies across the county using the NBS telephone number, 119, or via the NBS website. They are:

  • Allied Pharmacy, Southgate Street, Gloucester
  • Badham Pharmacy, Church Road, Bishops Cleeve
  • Badham Pharmacy, London Road, Gloucester
  • Boots, Eastgate Street, Gloucester
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, Bingham Hall Trust, King Street, Cirencester
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, Brittania Dance Studio, Cashes Green Road, Stroud
  • Cainscross Pharmacy, West Dean Centre, Bream, Forest of Dean
  • Cohens Chemist, Long Street, Tetbury
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy, Beachley Road, Sedbury
  • Day Lewis Pharmacy, Pyart Court, Coleford.

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
JabVan, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (see map here)  Tuesday 10 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Newent Memorial Hall, GL18 1PT  Tuesday 10 May  11am-3pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Wednesday 11 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 12 May  9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Bledington Village Hall, Stow-on-the-Wold OX7 6XQ  Thursday 12 May  9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Friday 13 May  9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Slimbridge Village Hall, GL2 7DF  Friday 13 May  10am-3pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 14 May  9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Monday 16 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, GL1 3AX  Monday 16 May 11am-5pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Tuesday 17 May April 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Wednesday 18 May April 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 19 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Stratton Court Village, Stratton, Cirencester, GL7 2NB  Thursday 19 May 10am-3pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Friday 20 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Cornerstone Centre, 1 Severn Road, Whaddon, Cheltenham, GL52 5QA  Friday 20 May 10am-3pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 21 May  9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Monday 23 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

FoodCycle, St John’s Methodist Church, Northgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2AN  Monday 23 May 5.30pm-8.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Tuesday 24 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Westbury Village Hall, GL14 1PF  Monday 23 May 10.30am-3.30pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Wednesday 25 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 26 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

GL1 Leisure Centre, Gloucester, GL1 1DT Thursday 26 May 1pm-6pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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) Friday 27 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 28 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Monday 30 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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 Oswalds Church Hall, Coney Hill Rd, Coney Hill, Gloucester GL4 4LX  Monday 30 May 12pm-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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)  Tuesday 31 May 9am-4pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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).

Badgeworth Village Hall GL51 4UJ  Tuesday 31 May 1pm-5pm Anyone over 16 in need of a first, second or booster dose.

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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