- Covid-19 Boosters are now available to anyone 18+ as long as 3 months have passed since their 2nd jab
- 18 and over are eligible for their 2nd jab 8 weeks after their first
- 16-17 year olds are eligible for their 2nd jab 12 weeks after their 1st
- 12-15s can receive 2 jabs, 12 weeks apart
How to get a Covid-19 vaccination or booster dose:
There are four ways to get a Covid-19 vaccination or booster if you live in Stroud / Gloucestershire. These are summarised below – please read on past the options for basic info on different doses (1st, 2nd, booster, or 3rd dose for immunocompromised people), and on different age/risk groups.
- Book at a national ‘mass vaccination’ site via www.nhs.uk / calling 119 (largely out of county but may sometimes be availability in Gloucester, Cheltenham, or even Cainscross Pharmacy)
- Find drop-in vaccination sessions via the NHS website (lots of sessions in Bristol, Bath, Malvern, Swindon).
- Find a local drop-in at: www.covid19.glos.nhs.uk (infrequent sessions in Gloucester, Cheltenham, Forest of Dean. Boosters are 40+ at these sessions at the moment, but first and second doses are available to younger people too)
- Wait for an appointment text from your GP. Please don’t call GPs about Covid vaccinations – they are very busy. There are some very limited exceptions to this rule. If you can’t use one ot the other routes, and are over 50, or in a clinical risk group – it may be appropriate to call your GP and follow the instructions to be put through to the vaccination specific line.
Other information about Covid-19 vaccination
If you have been hesitant and haven’t had a first dose yet, vaccination is an evergreen offer.
If you’ve had Covid, please wait before getting a dose of vaccine – whether 1st, 2nd, or booster:
- 12-17 years old – 12 weeks after positive PCR (may be less if medically vulnerable/increase in case rate)
- 18 and over – 4 weeks after positive PCR
The NHS has information about Covid-19 vaccination on their website, covering side-effects and safety, Pregnancy, breastfeeding, fertility and COVID-19 vaccination; information about Health conditions and COVID-19 vaccination and more.
The British Society for Immunology has a guide to vaccinations for Covid-19.