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Vaccines ready for 32 and 33-year-olds

Around a million people across England aged 32 or 33 will have received a text from the national NHS over the weekend, inviting them to book their Covid-19 vaccination through the national booking system website or phone number.

In Gloucestershire, most Covid jabs 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. Residents are asked not to call their GP surgery for their first dose of vaccine, as the surgery will be in contact.

In Gloucestershire, more than three quarters of 40-49-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.

Around 620,000 vaccinations have been given in the county so far, including almost 250,000 second doses.

Should they choose to, local residents can use the national booking website: www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119 to book a vaccine appointment at other available services.

Through the national booking website or phone number, residents can choose to make an appointment at Boots in Gloucester, Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve or Cainscross Pharmacy in Stroud, subject to availability.

Some out of county services/ centres may also be available to residents through the national booking system, based on where they live.

Dr Andy Seymour, clinical chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We understand that younger adults, particularly those aged over 32, will be keen to receive their first dose. We want to reassure residents that they will be able to have their vaccination in Gloucestershire and local GP services will contact them soon to schedule appointments. They do not need to call their surgery at this time.

"Our local vaccination teams are ready, with the infrastructure in place, to vaccinate residents as quickly as possible, and we expect supplies will increase in the near future.

"This is an extremely busy time for local GP services and we are grateful for the public's support, their patience and understanding as practice staff pull out all the stops to support the vaccination programme, whilst providing day to day medical care to patients."

Local people can get the latest information about the community vaccination programme and read the FAQs on the NHS Gloucestershire COVID-19 website. 

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