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25-29-year-olds to be invited for jabs

Around 2.7 million people in England aged 25-29 will receive a text message from the national NHS in the next few days, inviting them to book their Covid-19 vaccination through the national booking system.

In Gloucestershire, most community vaccinations are being delivered through a network of 10 GP led Primary Care Network vaccination services. These centres are not on the national booking system.

If they haven't already been in contact, local GPs will be in touch soon offering first dose appointments locally to people in this age group at one of the 10 centres across the county.

People shouldn't call their GP surgery for their first dose of vaccine - the surgery will be in contact.

In Gloucestershire, just under 85 per cent of 40-49-year olds and more than 60 per cent of 30-39-year olds have had a first dose, as NHS vaccination teams continue to work extremely hard to vaccinate priority groups as quickly as supplies allow.

More than 700,000 vaccinations have been given in the county so far, including more than 300,000 second doses.

Dr Andy Seymour, clinical chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "As we mark six months since the largest vaccination programme in NHS history began, I'd like to pay tribute to our incredible vaccination teams whose hard work and dedication has contributed to more than fifty percent of our adult population being fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

"I'd like to reassure residents that they will be able to access a vaccination in Gloucestershire if they wish to. Local GP services will be in touch soon to offer a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine to those in the 25-29 age-group.

"I would urge people to take up the offer of a jab as soon as it's offered; the vaccination is our best chance of protecting ourselves from the most severe symptoms of COVID-19 and getting back to being able to do the things we like doing."

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