COVID-19 Information

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.

NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine information

Please be reassured you will be contacted when it is your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Winter Booster Vaccinations FAQs

When are the Covid clinics?

We do not have any clinics operational at present. If you require a Covid-19 Vaccine, please call 119 who will be able to book, cancel or amend a COVID-19 vaccination appointment for you.
I cannot make the time given to me in my invitation letter

We strongly encourage patients to make every effort to attend for these important vaccinations on the date and time given to you – appointments are spread across the day to avoid over-crowding and queues, in order to keep people safe. If you are unable to attend the appointment given, you can come to other clinics as above. You do not need to contact the surgery to say you are coming at another day/time.

 

My spouse/partner has been sent an appointment to one of the clinics, but it’s at a different time. Can we come together?

We have tried to ensure household members are given the same appointment time but this is not always possible if their first names are at different ends of the alphabet. Households or those who are sharing transport arrangements who have both been sent an invitation are welcome to come together at the same time – you do not need to phone us to advise this, just turn up together with your respective invitation letters.

 

Why are vaccinations only being offered to some surgeries – why are you not doing clinics in Yatton, Clevedon, or Congresbury?

There are a set number of sites authorised and approved to administer the Covid vaccinations. The sites have good access, parking and enable us to minimise impacting our other services.

 

I cannot get to the location- what do I do?

We hope that most people will have a friend, neighbour or relative who will be able to bring them to the clinic if they are unable to drive themselves – this is one reason why we have scheduled the clinics at weekends rather than during the working week. The local community transport helplines serve communities across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester.

Bristol

Find details on: Bristol City Council (bristol.gov.uk)

Details for Community and disabled persons transport (bristol.gov.uk)

North Somerset

Find details on  North Somerset Online Directory (n-somerset.gov.uk)

Connect on 01934 888 801.

South Gloucestershire

Find details on: South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk)

For further information: Community transport (southglos.gov.uk)

 

How are the vaccines administered?

The covid and flu vaccines are two separate injections, one into each arm. The vaccines are not compulsory, therefore if you would prefer to have one and not the other then that is okay. You do not need to contact the surgery before the clinic to inform us of this, just let the vaccinator know this on the day.

 

Do I need to bring my invitation letter to the vaccination clinic?

Yes, you should bring your letter as it includes your personal details which are needed to record your vaccination status. Should you forget to bring your letter, you will be asked for these details so we can add the vaccination to your health record.

 

Why are there not more clinics?

These are the initial clinics for the first cohorts of patients eligible for the vaccinations. We will be inviting patients to future clinics once we have guidance on the next cohort of eligible patients.

 

I am not over 65 or at risk, can I have the winter booster?

Currently no, unless you have received an invitation letter from us in this initial cohort you cannot have a vaccination at these initial clinics. Further details will come from NHS England and Public Health on when other groups can obtain their vaccinations and we will organise further clinics and invite patients at that time.

 

I have also received a letter from NHS England

You may receive a letter directly from NHS England, and should you wish to book onto the National Booking Centre please do so. The link to book or manage your Covid vaccination with NHS is below.

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

What is the number for the surgery Covid line?

Open Monday to Friday: 09:30 – 14:30.

Covid Line: 01275 345863

Please avoid calling the normal surgery number with Covid queries.