Vaccination teams across Gloucestershire have been widely praised after another major COVID-19 vaccination milestone was reached in the county.
Well over 200,000 people have received their first dose so far and this includes the vast majority of people in the 65-69 years priority group.
Local vaccination services are also making significant in-roads vaccinating residents in the ‘clinically vulnerable’ priority group, which includes people aged 16-64 years old with underlying health conditions.
This week, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) also advised the NHS to invite all people on the GP Learning Disability Register for COVID-19 vaccination. Carers in receipt of carers allowance or identified as carers on GP surgery lists are also part of this priority group.
Subject to vaccine supply, Gloucestershire’s community vaccination programme, which is spearheaded by GP Primary Care Network led services across the county, is expected to continue to make rapid progress.
Clinical Chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Andy Seymour said:
“It seems that every few days our remarkable vaccination teams hit another important COVID-19 vaccination milestone and I want to pay tribute to their incredible resilience and dedication.
Behind each of these numbers is a person they are helping to keep safe. This remarkable effort should help to relieve pressure on the NHS and bring some normality back to everyday life.
Due to the amazing team effort right across Gloucestershire, we are also making great progress in vaccinating people in the 65 to 69 years priority group and the clinically vulnerable.
We would politely request that if you have an appointment to be vaccinated, please keep it.”
Professor Steve Hams, Chief Nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Responsible Officer for the Gloucestershire COVID-19 Vaccination programme said:
“These achievements and the continuing progress being made in the county is truly staggering and it’s great credit to all those involved – their hard work and selfless approach are making this all possible.
In addition to the fantastic achievements of our GP primary care network led community vaccination services, we also recognise the wonderful efforts of our hospital vaccination teams and those providing services at local pharmacy sites.”
Gloucestershire is widely recognised as being at the forefront of the COVID-19 vaccination response.
The county’s NHS moved fast to set up the Edward Jenner Vaccination Hospital Hub and a network of 10 GP led community vaccination centres (and mobile services) across the county in December. This was against the backdrop of winter and COVID-19 related pressures and the need to maintain vital day to day medical care and services.
Whilst GP led services in the county are carrying out the bulk of community vaccinations at pace, additional community pharmacy vaccination services (see below) have also been established in recent weeks.
If they choose to, residents aged 65 and over can use the national booking website: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119 to book an appointment at one of two pharmacy locations in the county – Boots in Gloucester and Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve.
Some out of county services e.g. the large vaccination centre in Bristol, may also be available to certain residents in these priority groups (based on where they live) through the national booking system.