COVID-19 vaccination: Three centres hold drop-in clinics for over 18s

Saturday 3 July

  • 8:30am-12:00pm at Churchdown Community Centre, Gloucester
  • 2.30pm- 5.30pm at Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud

Saturday 3 July and Sunday 4 July

  • 8.30am-4.00pm at Cirencester Hospital

Three local GP-led vaccination sites are holding an additional ‘drop-in’ service this weekend in the Stroud, Cirencester and Gloucester areas – for anyone over the age of 18 who has yet to take up the offer of their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The bulk of vaccinations have, and continue to be, provided by appointment through 10 GP led primary care network community vaccination centres, but a number of flexible ‘drop-in’ clinics are also being offered to ensure all available slots are used. More are planned.

Anyone over 18 in those areas will be able to drop-in and get a Pfizer vaccination at Churchdown Community Centre in Gloucester, Rowcroft Medical Centre, Stroud or Cirencester Hospital while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance.

Second doses of Pfizer will also be available, as long as it has been eight weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over and 12 weeks for people under 40.

The move comes as the NHS continues the final push to vaccinate everyone, with every adult in the country now eligible for the jab.

GP lead at Churchdown vaccination centre, Dr Sharon Drewett said:

“Due to the fantastic work of local vaccination teams and the great response from our patients, overall uptake has been great, but some people may have not booked for their first dose because they haven’t been able to find a convenient appointment.

We are encouraging anyone who hasn’t yet taken up the offer of a first dose of the vaccine to drop-in this Saturday for their jab, you don’t have to be registered with one of our GP practices.”

GP lead at Rowcroft Medical Centre, Dr Jim Holmes said:

“We are really pleased to be able to offer this service, building on the success of the vaccine roll out to date.

We want to reassure local people that we have got a friendly, professional team here on site who are happy to listen, answer questions and provide information.

Our message to anyone who may have changed their mind about taking up the offer of a vaccine is that it’s not too late, residents of any age can just pop in to the drop-in this weekend either here at Rowcroft, in Cirencester Hospital or over in Churchdown.”

GP lead at Cirencester Hospital, Dr Angus McMyn, said:

“We’re inviting anyone from the area to pop-in for a vaccination on either Saturday or Sunday at Cirencester Hospital, you don’t need to be registered with one of our local practices, and you don’t need an appointment.

The vaccination is our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 or spreading the virus to someone who may be more vulnerable. Having a vaccination is another step closer to getting life back to normal.”

Everyone attending will be asked to observe social distancing rules and other precautions so people may experience a short wait on the day. The vaccination teams will be grateful for everyone’s understanding, patience and support.

Please bring a face mask with you, unless you’re exempt, and remember to eat and drink before you leave home.

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 are encouraged to walk to Rowcroft Medical Centre or use public/alternative transport options if possible. Disabled car parking spaces are available, but the car park will be used to allow for social distancing on the approach to the building and as such most other spaces will be cordoned off.

Residents over 18 can continue to get their 1st and 2nd doses by appointment through the countywide network of existing GP led Primary Care Network Community Vaccination Centres at all other times.

Gloucestershire is widely recognised as being at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccination response and continues to provide a highly successful community programme.

Over 780,000 doses have been given to date – which represents a huge step in helping to keep people safe and well.