As all community vaccine sites open, health leaders reassure people not yet contacted they haven’t been forgotten
All GP-led, community-based coronavirus vaccination sites in Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire have now opened their doors, meaning all people in the region aged 80 or over will soon be invited to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, if they have not already.
There are currently 19 vaccination sites in operation across the area, with each one responsible for providing the vaccine to patients registered at GP practices within the local community.
Salisbury Cathedral became the latest sites to open on Saturday 16 January, with the building following in the footsteps of other iconic venues, such as the Steam Museum in Swindon, the Corn Exchange in Devizes and the Pavilion in Bath, being transformed into temporary local vaccine clinics.
The coming weeks will see an escalation of the programme to ensure that every care home resident across the region is vaccinated as quickly as possible.
Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality, said: “Getting all of our GP-led sites open within the first two working weeks of the new year had always been our goal and, although there is still a long way to, we are delighted to be up and running.
“Some people may be anxious about not having been invited to receive their vaccine, but I can reassure them that no person will be missed, so please don’t worry as every day we are contacting more and more people to come forward to get the jab.
“We have already given the vaccine to thousands of local people, and these numbers will continue to increase week on week.
“Our number one priority is to ensure the most vulnerable people in our communities are protected, and our primary care teams are currently busy vaccinating residents in care homes.
“With every arm that is jabbed, we are one step closer to returning life to some level of normality.”
Some people in the region may have also started to receive letters about arranging a vaccine appointment at the new large-scale NHS Vaccination Centres, based at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, the Bath and West Showground in Shepton Mallet, Taunton Racecourse and the Bournemouth International Centre.
If this is the case, those people can choose to either have their vaccine at these new centres or wait to be invited to a local GP-led site.
People invited to have the vaccine are reminded that the current lockdown restrictions does permit friends and family to provide lifts to and from the vaccination sites.
It is asked that people only arrive five minutes before their appointment time to reduce congestion and queuing.
More information about the vaccination programme in the local area can be found online by visiting www.bswicb.nhs.uk.
Further details about the vaccine itself can also be found online at www.nhs.uk.
The following vaccine sites have been in operation since December:
- Steam Museum, Swindon (Brunel Healthcare Group)
- Corn Exchange, Devizes
- Rowden Surgery, Chippenham
- Combe Down Surgery, near Bath
- The White Horse Health Centre, Westbury
- Ramsbury Surgery, Marlborough
- Spencer Sport and Social Club, Melksham
The following sites have opened since 4 January 2021:
- Wingfield Surgery, Trowbridge
- Michael Herbert Centre, Wilton
- Tidworth Leisure Centre, Tidworth
- Malmesbury Primary Care Centre, Malmesbury
- Batheaston Medical Centre, Batheaston
- Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton
- Northlands Surgery, Calne
- Pavilion, Bath
The following sites have opened since 11 January 2021:
- Larkhill Medical Centre, Larkhill
- Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury
- West View Surgery, Keynsham
- Steam Museum, Swindon (Wyvern Health Partnership)
- Pewsey Surgery, Pewsey