Six months into the Covid-19 vaccination programme, the local NHS in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has reached the milestone of providing more than one million vaccinations to people in the area.

As of Thursday 17 June, 1,019,712 vaccinations have been given across BNSSG, meaning 76% have received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The landmark has been reached as vaccinations open up to the entire adult population with people over the age of 18, now invited to book vaccinations as soon as possible through the national booking system.

Local NHS leaders have praised the efforts of health professionals, volunteers and communities across the area for their combined efforts to help reach this milestone, but are encouraging more people to come forward for the best protection against the virus.

Tim Whittlestone, Clinical Lead for the area’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said:

“Reaching a million vaccinations is a huge achievement for everyone involved in our vaccination programme, and a moment to reflect upon what has been accomplished.

“However, we know that many people still need to receive their Covid-19 vaccine in order to get the best protection against the virus.

“Rising cases of the Delta variant across the area means it is of even greater importance for people to book their first jabs and – for those eligible – to return for their second jab for the most effective protection.

“We know the last 15 months have been really difficult for everyone, but vaccinations really are the light at the end of the tunnel. If you’re eligible and haven’t yet had your vaccination, please book an appointment as soon as you can.”

Anyone aged 18 and over is now able to book their vaccination through the national booking system.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab.

Those aged 39 and under and pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine in line with updated national guidance.

If you had your first vaccine through a GP-led service, they will be in contact with you to arrange your second vaccine appointment.