COVID-19 vaccinations across our local area

Vaccination

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, we are offering the COVID-19 vaccine in order of those who are at most at risk from coronavirus. The order in which people are being invited for vaccination is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

When you become eligible, you will be contacted by text message (SMS), by letter or by your GP. However you are contacted, we encourage you to book your appointment as soon as possible and to ensure you attend your appointment so that vaccine supplies are not wasted.

We are now vaccinating people aged 25 and over, people who will turn 25 before 1 July 2021, and those in the first 9 priority groups set out by the JCVI.

If you are 25-49, or a frontline health and social care staff member, please book by using the NHS online booking system, or by calling 119 free of charge between 7am and 11pm.

If you are in the eligible groups, below, please book your vaccination by contacting your GP:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who live in care homes
  • people with a condition that puts them at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • people with a learning disability
  • people who are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
  • household contacts of people who are immunosuppressed

You may find it harder to book 1st vaccination appointments at the moment, while vaccine supplies are lower. If you are eligible but cannot get an appointment using the online booking system, please speak with your GP.

Vaccine Supply

Nationally, supplies of first dose Covid-19 vaccine are lower at the moment. This means that when you are invited to book your appointment on the online booking system or by calling 119, your closest available option may be further than you are able to travel.

If this is the case, please try again as we are adding new appointments as soon as we receive vaccine supply. Alternatively, your GP may get in touch to offer you an appointment if they have available slots at upcoming clinics; please wait to be contacted by your GP unless you are in priority groups 1-9.

We understand that this may be frustrating. Please bear with us and rest assured that we are working tirelessly to vaccinate people as quickly as possible using every potential slot, and every dose of vaccine, as soon as we receive it.

In BNSSG, we are working across our healthcare system to share the limited supply of vaccine across our GPs, community pharmacies and Ashton Gate Vaccination Centre.

Will my second vaccination be brought forward because of the new Covid variant?

In response to the more transmissible Covid variant that originated in India (B.1.617), we are bringing forward second dose appointments from 12 weeks for people in the most vulnerable groups – over 50s and people aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.

You don’t need to do anything unless we contact you. Then:

  • If you had your first dose at a GP clinic, your GP will be in touch to rearrange your second appointment.
  • If you booked your appointment on the National Booking System, and you receive a text message asking you to bring forward your second dose, please visit the National Booking System and click Manage My Appointments to amend your second appointment. You can also call 119 to manage your booking.

Unless we contact you, please continue to attend your existing second dose appointment – there is no need to contact the NHS. We will let those who should bring their appointment forward know, when they are able to do so.

People under 50 will continue to get their first dose, with their second dose at 12 weeks.

Is it safe to bring my second dose forward? I thought 12 weeks was the optimum gap?

The change follows updated advice from the independent experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which has considered the latest available evidence on the variant and has recommended reducing the dosing interval to help protect.

The decision has been taken in response to a new, more transmissible, form of the Covid-19 virus that originated in India to ensure people across the UK have the strongest possible protection from the virus at an earlier opportunity.

The 12 week timeframe was put in place so that as many people as possible on the JCVI priority list could have their first dose of vaccine quickly. Evidence shows that 1 dose of vaccine offers good protection, but 2 doses are needed for longer lasting, higher protection.

Second Dose Appointments

It’s really important that you attend your appointment for your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. The second dose gives stronger protection from a severe outcome from COVID-19, particularly against new variants of the vaccine such as B.1.617, which originated in India.

Please make every effort to attend unless you are ill with a fever or have symptoms of COVID-19.

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination

Recently, there have been reports of an extremely rare condition involving the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots, known as cerebral venous sinus thrombosis (CVST).

Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine given and is seen slightly more often in younger people. CVST can also occur naturally and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection.

As a precautionary measure, following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we are offering eligible people under 40 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, an alternative vaccine to AstraZeneca. For people in older age groups, the JCVI has stated that the benefits of prompt vaccination with AstraZeneca vaccine far outweigh the risks.

Anyone under 40 who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine and did not have a CVST blood clot, should still have their second dose of AstraZeneca when invited in order to have increased and longer-lasting protection from COVID-19.

The risks from COVID-19 are much higher than the risks from the vaccine.  For example, data shows that for every 100,000 40-49 year olds who contract COVID-19, 5.5 people will need Intensive Care treatment compared to 0.5 people who may experience harm from the AstraZeneca vaccine.

An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.

This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.

What symptoms should I look out for after vaccination?

Although serious side effects following vaccination are extremely rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should contact 111 or your GP, urgently.

  • a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
  • a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over or
  • an unusual headache that may be accompanied by: blurred vision, nausea and vomiting; difficulty with your speech; weakness, drowsiness or seizures
  • new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
  • shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain

Local Progress

In our area, we are making good progress with the vaccination programme and everyone aged 25 and over as well as those in the first nine priority groups outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now been offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Local vaccination sites

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, we are taking a whole system approach to our Covid-19 vaccination programme. This means that our GPs, pharmacies, hospital hubs and mass vaccination centre are working together to offer eligible people a vaccination in the most appropriate setting possible.

You have to book an appointment in order to have a Covid-19 vaccination. Please do not visit a vaccination site unless you have been invited to attend.

Vaccination sites across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire include:

GP vaccination sites

GP Practices are working together in groups called ‘Primary Care Networks’ to provide the vaccine at 19 sites. Read more about Primary Care Networks and their locations.

Vaccination sites run by GPs are located at:

  • Kingswood Health Centre, Kingswood, South Gloucestershire
  • Riverbank Medical Centre, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset
  • The Greenway, Greenway Community Centre, Southmead, Bristol
  • Pudding Pie Lane Surgery, Langford, North Somerset
  • Healthwest, Clifton College Preparatory School Hall, Bristol
  • Bridge View Medical Marksbury Road Branch, Bedminster, Bristol
  • Horfield Health Centre, Horfield, Bristol
  • Brockway Medical Centre, Nailsea, North Somerset
  • West Walk Surgery, Yate, South Gloucestershire
  • East Trees Health Centre, Fishponds, Bristol
  • Christchurch Family Medical Centre, Downend, South Gloucestershire
  • Shirehampton Group Practice, Shirehampton, Bristol
  • Portishead Medical Centre, North Somerset
  • Severnview Family Practice, Thornbury, South Gloucestershire
  • Stockwood Medical Centre, Bristol
  • Concord Medical Centre, Little Stoke, South Gloucestershire
  • Fishponds Family Practice, Fishponds, Bristol
  • Knowle West Healthy Living Centre, Bristol
  • Lodgeside Surgery, Kingswood, Bristol

Ashton Gate Stadium NHS Vaccination Centre

Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol is our local NHS Vaccination Centre which is vaccinating people from 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week.

Pharmacies

We have 10 vaccination sites run by local pharmacies:

  • Superdrug in Broadmead, Bristol
  • Locking Pharmacy, Weston-super-Mare
  • Bedminster Pharmacy (delivering vaccinations at Bedminster Methodist Church).
  • Billings Pharmacy, Kingswood
  • Ellacombe Pharmacy, Longwell Green (delivering vaccinations at Longwell Green Community Centre).
  • Kellaway Pharmacy, Bristol
  • Boots Pharmacy, The Mall Cribbs Causeway
  • Boots Pharmacy, Imperial Retail Park, Hartcliffe
  • Sea Cadets, Sunnyside Road North, Weston-super-Mare
  • Boots Pharmacy, Weston-super-Mare High Street

Please be patient and kind to our staff at all times.

Do stay alert to the threat of the virus and follow Government guidance.

Information on transport to vaccination sites.

Mobile vaccination clinics

As part of our Vaccination Programme, mobile outreach clinics are being carried out in the community in a variety of locations such as local community centres, mosques and temples.

For more information go to Mobile Vaccination Clinics page or if you have questions about a specific community clinic, please email bnssg.communications@nhs.net.