World Immunisation Week: Come forward for vaccinations and boosters

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) over 2 million COVID-19 vaccinations have been given and nearly 85% of people aged 16 or over have had their first vaccination – cause for celebration this World Immunization Week.

In Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire:

  • 2,114,054 COVID-19 vaccinations have been given, altogether
  • 36,755 vaccinations have been given in outreach clinics
  • 6% of everyone aged 16 and over
  • Vaccinations have been given at 53 GP clinics, 13 community pharmacy clinics, 3 hospital clinics and 1 large vaccination centre.

The awareness week, which runs until 30 April 2022, highlights the collective action needed to protect people from deadly viruses, and promotes the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

Director of Public Health for Bristol City Council, Christina Gray said:

“I would like to thank everyone who has already come forward for their vaccinations and boosters. The vaccination programme has been a tremendous success locally, highlighting an incredible display of commitment from healthcare colleagues, volunteers and residents.

“COVID-19 is still prevalent in our area and vaccination remains our strongest line of defence. As we learn to live with the virus, it is important that we continue to be community-minded and protect those most vulnerable by taking up the vaccine offer that we have available to us.”

Director of Public Health for South Gloucestershire, Sara Blackmore, said:

“In South Gloucestershire, our vaccination uptake has been excellent, and I thank everyone who has come forward for their vaccine. We have vaccinated 87% of people aged 12 and over with a first dose, nearly 84% with a second dose and just under 70% with a booster.

“We are still living with Covid and need to continue to focus on living safely with the virus with effective prevention and control. Vaccination is crucial to us all moving forward and giving ourselves the best possible protection against Covid. If you haven’t yet had all the doses you are eligible for, I urge you to have them as soon as possible to help keep yourself and others safe.”

Matt Lenny, North Somerset Council’s Director of Public Health, said:

“Vaccination is our best defence against coronavirus. Thank you to everyone across our region who’s done their bit and come forward for the first, second and booster doses of the covid vaccine.

“If you haven’t got round to getting your jabs yet, for whatever reason, it’s not too late.

The vaccination clinic teams will welcome you. Just go online to the National Booking System to book your appointment or find local walk-in clinics on www.grabajab.net.

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme is just one of the vaccinations available  to help reduce the risk of infections from preventable diseases. It’s important people come forward when invited for other immunisations, too.

Dr Geeta Iyer, Clinical Lead for the BNSSG COVID-19 Vaccination Programme said:

“Vaccination remains the first line of defence against COVID-19 and the success of the Vaccination Programme has led to the removal of COVID restrictions in the UK. In common with World Immunization Week, our aim, is to make sure that everyone in our local area is protected from the worst effects of the COVID-19 virus by having the vaccine.

“There’s been a fantastic response from people in our area coming forward to have their vaccinations. We’d like to remind everyone that it’s really important to have all the COVID vaccinations you are eligible for, in order to stay protected. It’s never too late to have any of your COVID-19 vaccinations and you can find out details of all the ways to be vaccinated in our area at www.grabajab.net.”

You can find up to date information on whether you are eligible for further COVID-19 vaccinations here.