The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.
NHS Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine information
We are currently inviting specific cohorts of patients for their Spring booster Covid-19 vaccination. Please be reassured you will be contacted when it is your turn for a COVID-19 vaccine.
Spring Booster Vaccination FAQs
When are the Covid clinics?
We are currently sending letters to all those eligible to have their Spring booster vaccination. The eligibility criteria for the spring booster is strictly those aged 75 and over and those who are immunosuppressed.
Bristol and South Gloucestershire – Saturday 22nd April 2023
Coniston Surgery: 9am-10am
Southmead and Henbury Family Practice: 10:45am- 12pm
Orchard School: 1:30pm – 2:15pm
Seamills: 3:15pm- 4:15pm
Saturday 13th May: 9am-1:30pm
Saturday 20th May: 9am-1:30pm
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 date given, an alternative date has been given to you in your letter. If you are unable to attend the appointment time specified in the letter, please come during another time that morning (up to 1pm). 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.
Find details on: Bristol City Council (bristol.gov.uk)
Details for Community and disabled persons transport (bristol.gov.uk)
Find details on North Somerset Online Directory (n-somerset.gov.uk)
Connect on 01934 888 801.
Find details on: South Gloucestershire Council (southglos.gov.uk)
For further information: Community transport (southglos.gov.uk)
How are the vaccines administered?
The Spring booster is one vaccination, administered into your arm.
Do I need to bring my invitation letter to the vaccination clinic?
Yes, it is essential that you bring your letter as it includes your personal details which are needed to record your vaccination status.
Why are there not more clinics?
These are the clinics for patients eligible for the spring booster vaccinations, those aged 75+ and he immunosuppressed.
Why are the clinics outside?
Weather dependent we try to deliver the clinics outside, this help with infection control and overall flow. We appreciate not everyone will want theirs outside and should you have a particular need, for example you can’t have the injection in your arm, we can accommodate in a clinic room.
I am not over 75 or immunosuppressed, can I have the spring booster?
No, unless you have received an invitation letter from us in this cohort you cannot have a vaccination at these clinics.
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)
I don’t want the vaccine
Not a problem, please let us know by ringing the telephone helpline number, indicated on your letter, and we can mark your record as ‘declined’
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.