Gloucestershire surgeries trial vaccination walk-in service
By Rob Freeman | 31st March 2021
Two Gloucestershire GP surgeries are piloting a coronavirus vaccination walk-in service for people aged 50 and over who are yet to receive their first dose.
Rosebank Surgery in Gloucester and St Paul's Medical Centre in Cheltenham will trial the service on Saturday (10am-4pm) with staff available to discuss any concerns about the vaccines.
St Paul's GP lead Dr Cameron Jackson said: "Due to the fantastic work of local vaccination teams and the great response from our patients, overall uptake has been great, but some people may have not booked an appointment for their first dose, or been hesitant, for a variety of reasons.
"We will have doctors and other staff on hand to talk with those walking in to provide reassurance and information about vaccination and the vaccine."
People aged 50 and over should not attend the walk-in service if they have made an appointment at a vaccination centre, received a vaccine, have symptoms of Covid-19 or have received a positive test within the last four weeks.
If successful, the service could be rolled out to other parts of the county as the vaccination programme develops in the coming weeks.
Rosebank GP lead Dr Jonathan Layzell said: "We are really pleased to be able to trial this service, building on the success of the vaccine roll out to date.
"We want to reassure local people that we have got a friendly, professional team here on site who are happy to answer questions, provide information and listen to any concerns they might have.
"We are encouraging all those eligible people aged 50 and over, who have yet to take up their offer of vaccination, to do so to protect themselves, their loved ones and their communities."
More than 375,000 doses of the vaccines have been delivered in Gloucestershire.
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