Coronavirus vaccinations

29th April 2021


23rd April links to the new COVID 19 alternative language hub:

19th April 2021



Equally Well UK have also produced a guide for people with a diagnosis of severe mental illness to support them with their vaccination, which can be found here:A guide for people with severe mental illness and their carers on what to expect from the Covid-19 vaccination programme | Equally Well

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups. See link below with details of these groups.

Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may or may not take place at your GP practice. Local vaccination services (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) have been set up who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to some people in your community. Practices are also working in groups (hubs) to deliver vaccines from a designated site.

When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from your GP or the national booking system.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted. 

9th April 2021

Safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccination


Recently, there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine.


Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination. This is being carefully reviewed but the risk factors for this condition are not yet clear.


This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection. An increased risk has not yet been seen after other COVID-19 vaccines but is being carefully monitored.


Following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), we will be offering people under 30 who have not yet had their first COVID-19 vaccination, a choice of vaccine other than AZ. If you choose to have an alternative vaccine you may have to wait to be protected. You may wish to go ahead with the AZ vaccination after you have considered all the risks and benefits for you.


This leaflet from Public Health England provides more information about the benefits and risks of the AZ COVID-19 vaccination.


If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering a blood clot as a side effect, you should have your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers and unpaid carers.


The benefits of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine outweigh any risks for the vast majority of people and you should still book your COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

 We are keeping the Healthier Together website updated with latest information and messaging, so please continue to direct members of the public to this resource.

PHE have developed a helpful patient information leaflet regarding blood clotting and the AZ vaccine, which can be found here.


Mass vaccinations update  MARCH 2021

Statement on safety of AstraZeneca following reports of its use being suspended in some countries

  • The Clinical Delivery Group has produced the following statement to support you in any discussions/communications about concerns regarding the 20 vaccine:
  • We are aware that some countries have temporarily suspended use of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine.
  • The AstraZeneca vaccine has been rigorously tested by the UK medicines regulator (the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, MHRA), the European Medicines Agency and the World Health Organisation for safety and efficacy.
  • The UK has administered 11 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and there has been no demonstrable difference in the number of blood clots since the vaccine was introduced.
  • The benefits of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine outweigh any risks and people should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

All vaccines that are available have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so people should be assured that whatever vaccine they are given will be highly effective and protect them from coronavirus.


Important information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID Vaccination video

Priority Group 6 is large and covers a wide age range, and many health conditions. In BNSSG we are contacting people in Group 6 over the next few weeks in order of those at most risk of a more severe outcome from contracting Covid. If you believe you are in Cohort 6, please do not contact Charlotte Keel - we will contact you. We appreciate that it can be confusing for individuals to know if they belong to one group or another. At this stage we are following a series of nationally defined criteria and that allows us to contact the people we want to come forward for vaccination. We are working tirelessly to vaccinate our patients as quickly as possible using every potential slot and every dose of vaccine as soon as we receive it. Please be patient and kind to our staff; we will be in touch when it is your turn.

Click on link below for easy read COVID vaccine questions:

Keep Safe UK

Primary Care Network link re COVID vaccination experiance:

Covid 19 20th Jan 2021

  • Please play your part in keeping Bristol safe. Remember to:
  • Stay at home where possible
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you must get a test, and you and your household must self-isolate whilst you wait for the result
  • Only meet one person from another household for outdoor exercise
  • Wear a face covering when in supermarkets or on public transport
  • Wash your hands regularly, particularly after using frequently touched surfaces
  • Stay two metres apart from anybody you do not live with or is not in your support bubble.
  • Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms. At this critical time, we cannot risk further spread and pressure on our health services. Please do not mix socially with anybody not in your household or support bubble – act as if you’ve got it.

 Thank you for helping to keep everyone safe and helping the NHS

We’d like to remind you that the Healthier Together website is the best resource for public-facing information about the BNSSG Vaccination Programme. It is updated daily with latest information and includes resources such as links to information in other languages, videos and a Question and Answer section.

Covid vaccine - FAQs - Healthiertogether - mobile vaccination clinics

Covid Vaccine – FAQs


Mobile vaccination clinics - Healthier Together

Booking for these mobile clinics is being managed by local communities, rather than through the national booking system or GP services. For more information or you have any questions about a specific community clinic please email you contact the South Gloucestershire Council Local Authority COVID team by emailing between 9am ...