Local health and care organisations are moving to the next stage of the COVID-19 vaccination programme – with vaccines now available to people in three new priority groups.
These are people aged 65 – 69, those aged 16 – 64 who are classified as clinically vulnerable identified by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation – and people recently added to the updated Shielded Patient List on the NHS website.
People aged 65-69 (Priority group 5) can book appointments at Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre or at one of seven local community pharmacies.
This can be done by visiting the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, by calling 119 or you can wait to be contacted.
If you have underlying health conditions or have recently been added to the Shielding list (Priority Group 6), you will be contacted to book your vaccination appointment. Please do not contact the NHS.
GP-led vaccination sites will focus initially on the clinically vulnerable – because of the relationship between general practice and those with long term conditions.
Clinical Lead for the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Commissioning Group (BNSSG) Covid-19 Vaccination Programme, Dr Tim Whittlestone, said: “We have had great take up of vaccine appointments for our next priority groups already and I would encourage anyone who receives an invite to book their appointment as soon as possible.
“We have a range of vaccination sites across the area to make it as easy as possible to get vaccinated.
“The vaccine is safe, simple, and will offer you and those around you crucial protection against this virus.”
There is still an opportunity for people in the top four priority groups who haven’t yet been vaccinated to book an appointment.
These groups are:
- Residents in a care home for older adults and staff who work there.
- All those aged 80 and over and front line health and social care workers.
- People aged 75 years and over
- All those aged 70 years and above and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
You should use the national booking system to book your vaccine: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, call free on 119 between 7am – 11pm, seven days a week or contact your local GP.
Local people are being asked not to contact any vaccination site directly or visit them without an appointment.
For more information visit https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/covid-19-mass-vaccination/