Covid Vaccination Update

Portland Practice and Hatherley Surgery are planning to start Covid vaccinations from a Central Cheltenham site in December, initially on a Friday all day, but then in the New Year, a Monday Morning. We will do this in partnership with other local practices and other local agencies many of whom have volunteered to help.

Initially, as per national guidance, we will be inviting the over 80 years and then over the following weeks younger and younger age groups. This process will continue for several months until all patients over 50 years or those deemed to be at risk have been offered vaccination. For more guidance please see national websites.

Patients will need two appointments ideally 3 weeks apart.

We plan to send the first letters to patients during December but there could be delays.

As there will be up to 2000 people a week wanting to contact our telephone booking line it is very important that we try and steer you towards other ways of booking appointments.

It would be very helpful therefore if you could make plans in advance whilst awaiting your letter.

  • Please make sure that you have an email address that you, a relative or a friend can access. This will ensure that when you get a vaccination invitation you will be able to confirm via the email booking system that will be set up for this purpose. We will however follow up any patients we have not heard from, although this will delay your vaccination.
  • Please consider making travel plans, you will need to be able to travel safely to this Central Cheltenham location 3 weeks apart on a Monday morning during next few months (confirmation of site will be with your letter). There will be a carpark nearby. But please consider using public transport.
  • It is very important that the clinic runs smoothly so please ensure all questions are answered before you attend hopefully by reading the information in your appointment letter and the leaflet sent with it.
  • We will be contacting vulnerable people or their relatives, and also patients who are housebound to ensure there are alternative ways for them to be vaccinated. Details will be on the invite letter.

Please do not phone the practice regarding Covid Vaccination. If you have any questions that need answering then in the first instance please visit www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.

Alternatively please ask your question using our Ask the Reception a Question form.