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Gloucestershire breaks through 300,000 vaccination milestone

More than 300,000 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Gloucestershire.

The figure means more than half of the county's adult population have received at least one vaccination with GP services contacting people aged 50 and over, carers and those with underlying health conditions and carers.

The GP Primary Care Network centres and services are also carrying out, and scheduling, appointments for second doses.

Dr Andy Seymour, clinical chair of NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group said: "What we have seen from the local vaccination teams this week has been nothing short of phenomenal and a herculean effort.

"They have shown great resilience and determination over recent months and are working tirelessly to keep patients safe.

"They remain committed to the programme and stand ready, with the infrastructure in place, to vaccinate as many residents as possible, as quickly as possible."

The NHS is requesting people in the next priority age groups do not call their GP surgeries and assured them they will be contacted.

Professor Steve Hams, chief nurse at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and senior responsible officer for the Gloucestershire Covid-19 vaccination programme said: "This truly is One Gloucestershire at its very best.

"All of our vaccination teams working in local communities and in our large hospitals are driven by protecting their patients and it's awe inspiring to see to what lengths they are prepared to go.

"This determination and passion is shared by the fantastic support staff and wonderful volunteers across the length and breadth of the county who continue to put their fellow residents and communities first."

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