COVID-19 VACCINATION PRIORITISATION
While a vaccination programme of this scale will take some time, we can assure you that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. We ask that you don’t contact your practice directly – we will invite you by SMS TEXT or TELEPHONE when it is your turn to be vaccinated.
We are unable to enter into a dialogue with individuals and cannot consider anyone as a special case. Our team is working tirelessly and we have the necessary measures in place for those most at risk to get their vaccine first. To do this, we are following a nationally set prioritisation order, from which we are unable to deviate. The priority list from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation can be found at bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk.
Please do not turn-up opportunistically at a vaccination clinic, hoping for vaccination.
Update w/c Monday 25th January
Nothing has changed in the delivery of our local vaccination programme. Locally we continue to prioritise cohorts 1 and 2 (the over 80s, care home residents and health and care staff) as we have not yet vaccinated everyone in these groups. Over the course of this week, we will be introducing appointments for those aged over 70 years and the clinically extremely vulnerable population (cohorts 3 and 4). The NHS is aiming to vaccinate all the highest risk individuals in cohorts 1-4 by mid-February. This means that if you are in one of these groups, you will be invited to book an appointment within the next 4 weeks.
We are working hard to move through the priority cohorts as quickly as possible, and we will contact you when it is your turn to book. Please do not contact us until we get in touch with you. Our only limitation in speed of delivery is the supply of vaccine.
You may receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to get your vaccine at Ashton Gate or other Mass Vaccinations Centres. You are welcome to book your appointment there or wait to be invited by your GP surgery to your local vaccination centre.
Vaccination Prioritisation Groups
Staff are working tirelessly to ensure the necessary measures are in place for those most at risk to get their vaccine first. To do this, we are following a nationally set prioritisation order, from which we are unable to deviate.
The priority list from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation is as follows:
1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers*
2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers
3. all those 75 years of age and over
4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
5. all those 65 years of age and over
6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
7. all those 60 years of age and over
8. all those 55 years of age and over
9. all those 50 years of age and over
*Please note that 'carers' in this context refers to care home staff. If you are a personal or family carer you will be vaccinated within your age-related or clinically vulnerable group if that applies to you.
You can find out more about the local roll-out in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire here: COVID-19: Mass vaccination - Healthier Together.
Published: Feb 2, 2021
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