As an Affinity Group of practices we are moving onto Priority Group 6. 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 the NHS – 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.
We are working hard to move through the priority cohorts as quickly as possible, and we will contact you when it is your turn to book. Please do not contact us until we get in touch with you. Our only limitation in speed of delivery is the supply of vaccine.
You may receive a letter from the national booking team inviting you to get your vaccine at Ashton Gate or other mass Vaccinations Centres. You are welcome to book your appointment there or wait to be invited by your GP surgery to your local vaccination centre.
In terms of the local vaccination programme, when it is the right time, people will receive an invitation to come forward from the GP surgery.
For most people this will be a letter, either from their GP or the National NHS, but could also be a text or telephone call in some cases.
This communication will include all the information you will need to book appointments.
Please do not contact the NHS to get an appointment until you get this invite, as the vaccination program will be rolling out over several months in line and with small deliveries of the vaccine to begin with.
Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website:
Plus some other additional information:
Questions and answers about the COVID vaccinations – click here for Q&A document
What are the priority groups? – click here for group information
Why do I have to wait for my vaccination?