More pharmacies in Bristol and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) have joined the national programme to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations to local people on the high street.
Clinics led by two pharmacies in South Gloucestershire and one in Bristol go live today (Thursday 28 January). They join Superdrug in Broadmead and Locking Pharmacy in Weston-super-Mare which started delivering clinics last week as part of a national drive to see the life-saving vaccination being offered on local high streets, further accelerating the biggest vaccination programme in the history of the NHS.
The new pharmacies to join the programme are:
- Bedminster Pharmacy which will be delivering vaccinations at Bedminster Methodist Church, British Road
- Billings Pharmacy, Kingswood
- Ellacombe Pharmacy, Longwell Green which will be delivering vaccinations from Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road.
The pharmacy clinics support the vaccinations taking place at the local mass vaccination site at Ashton Gate as well as those at the 19 Primary Care Network sites across BNSSG.
Pharmacist Ade Williams, from Bedminster Pharmacy said: “We’re delighted that Bedminster Pharmacy is able to join the national vaccination programme effort and be able to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to people in the South Bristol area. We have continued to provide pharmacy services, support and advice to our community throughout the pandemic and we are very glad to be able to join in this vital stage in the fight against Covid-19.”
Dr Tim Whittlestone, Clinical Lead for the NHS mass vaccination programme in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire added: “High street pharmacies are playing a vital role in helping to provide the vaccination and I am delighted that three new pharmacies are offering this service from today in the BNSSG area.
“This not only helps to ease the pressure on our main vaccination site but it also gives people more options in terms of location and accessing the vaccine. The option of booking at a pharmacy will be available through the national booking letter, please remember you can still wait to be called by your GP practice to be vaccinated if that is more convenient – your practice will be in touch when it is your turn.”
Everyone who is eligible for a vaccination will be invited to book an appointment via the national booking system.
People invited for a vaccination by their GP practice after they have booked via the national booking system are asked to cancel in plenty of time to avoid last minute cancellations.