Only 76% people in Bristol over 16 years of age have had two doses of the vaccine and just 60 per cent have had three doses. This is very worrying for three reasons:
- This has led to 180 people being in hospital because of COVID. The more people are in hospital with COVID, the longer everyone else has to wait for treatment of other conditions that they need.
- The high rate of COVID in Bristol is causing a lot of operations to be postponed –operations people need – because hospital staff are catching COVID from their patients, the other customers in the shops and cafes they visit, their neighbours and family friends.
- Everyone who passes on their COVID infection is not only putting others at risk of needing hospital treatment, they are putting others at risk of long COVID. Long COVID affects people of all ages, regardless of whether they are a Disabled person or a healthy, fit person.
So, help celebrate World Immunisation Week this week, by getting yourself vaccinated, or your booster shot. Then, remember social distancing and wear a mask in public indoor places e.g. shops, so that people you love, people you don’t know and hospital staff, don’t catch COVID from you.
Local vaccination teams run a regular vaccination clinic in the heart of Bristol, at Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA.
When? – Tuesdays and Saturdays,
What time? – between 10:30am and 5:30pm,
Who can get vaccinated there? – Anyone 12-15 year olds who is getting their first and second doses, and anyone aged 16 and over for first, second and third doses, boosters and spring boosters. If you are due to have your spring booster your doctor or the NHS will have told you that you should.
Just walk-in or book an appointment online on the National Booking System.
For more information, visit www.grabajab.net.
If you would get vaccinated but are afraid of needles or anxious about injections, there are clinics especially for people with injection concerns or needle fear.
The clinics are at the Vaccination Centre @UWE Bristol, Coldharbour Lane, Frenchay, Bristol BS16 1QY.
All vaccination staff are highly trained and will provide a safe space for you to talk about your fears and to have your COVID-19 vaccine. These specialist clinics are by appointment only.
Email email@example.com to book your appointment.
You will be then contacted by a member of the vaccination team to make sure that your needs are met when you arrive.
What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
Although the laws about testing and self-isolation have gone, this does not mean that COVID-19 has gone away.
We need to continue to do the simple things to protect our communities and the people around us.
If you feel unwell, have a temperature, or have symptoms of COVID-19 or flu, you should:
a) try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people,
b) try to arrange to work from home if you can. If you are can’t work from home, talk to your employer about the options available to you,
c) wear a face covering if you leave the house, avoid crowded or enclosed spaces and avoid visiting people who are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
If your child is feeling unwell, has a high temperature or has symptoms of COVID-19 or flu, they should try to avoid going to school, college or childcare until they no longer have a high temperature and are well enough to return.
These small actions will help to protect the people around you, our communities and our city.