Today, Primark shoppers in Bristol have been queuing up to grab their COVID-19 vaccination and amazing fashion at amazing prices at the same time. In a first for both the fashion retailer and the NHS, the walk-in vaccination clinic is taking place inside the Primark Bristol store.

The NHS team from Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) has transformed Primark Bristol’s Ground Floor fitting rooms into eight vaccination pods.

By lunchtime, the first dose Pfizer clinic had vaccinated over 100 people and the NHS team can vaccinate up to 600 people over the weekend.

  • Laura Simpkins from Bristol, said: “They made me feel so at ease and I recommend everyone to get it…I know you’re nervous, but it’s a piece of cake…look at me!”
  • Alexandria Smith, 28, said: “It made a real difference being able to come to Primark.”
  • Andrea Maria Brighenti, 23, said: “It was really easy – having the clinic in Primark was a great idea.”

The Primark Bristol vaccination clinic is running, again, tomorrow – Sunday 18 July from 11am until 4pm. No appointment is needed and full details, plus information about other local walk-in clinics can be found at www.grabajab.net.

The clinic is offering first doses of Pfizer vaccine to anyone aged 18 or over. The collaboration is part of the local vaccination roll-out’s efforts to make it as easy as possible for young people to have their vaccine around work and lifestyle commitments.

Dr Tim Whittlestone, Clinical Lead for the BNSSG Vaccination Programme, said: “We’re really excited to be collaborating with Primark Bristol to offer people in our area the COVID-19 vaccination in a place that is easy for them.

“Throughout the vaccine roll-out, we have challenged ourselves to think differently about how we make the COVID-19 vaccine as accessible as possible for the communities we serve; we’re grateful to the team at Primark for making this possible. Cases of COVID-19 in our area are high and rising. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and the people you love from COVID-19, especially as restrictions lift from Monday.”

Conor Walsh, Director of Sales at Primark UK said: “Wherever we can we try to support important local community initiatives. We’re really pleased that we can play a small part in supporting the work of the NHS by hosting the vaccination clinic in our Bristol store this weekend and make it even easier for people to get their vaccine.”