The lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine is available, free of charge, to everyone aged 12 and over in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG). We are also offering a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who are severely immunosuppressed and a COVID-19 booster to enhance protection from coronavirus, this winter.
Our COVID-19 vaccination programme is running alongside the vital winter flu vaccination campaign and where possible, the flu vaccine and COVID-19 vaccine will be given at the same time. If you are eligible for both vaccinations, please take up the offer as soon as possible rather than waiting to have them together.
Eligibility and Appointments
Most people will be contacted by their GP to book appointments, or you can book an appointment using the National Booking Service or some of our clinics also have a local booking system.
In BNSSG we are following national guidance on who is eligible for COVID-19 vaccination and boosters. A summary of who is eligible for each vaccination by age and condition along with details of vaccination sites including GP surgeries can be found on our mass vaccination page and for ways to book check out our booking information.
Your Questions Answered
Find out more about COVID-19 vaccines.
Our colleagues are working very hard to get as many people as possible vaccinated. Please be patient and kind to our staff at all times.
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What symptoms should I look out for after vaccination?
Although serious side effects following vaccination are extremely rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should contact 111 or your GP, urgently.
- a new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
- a headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over or
- an unusual headache that may be accompanied by: blurred vision, nausea and vomiting; difficulty with your speech; weakness, drowsiness or seizures
- new, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
- shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain
What you can do after you’ve had the vaccine
The vaccine cannot give you COVID-19 infection, and a full course will reduce your chance of becoming seriously ill. It will help to reduce the risk of you passing on the virus. So, it is important to continue to follow current national guidance.
To protect yourself and your family, friends and colleagues, you must still:
- wear a face mask where advised
- wash your hands carefully and frequently
- open windows to let fresh air in
- follow the current guidance
Do stay alert to the threat of the virus and follow Government guidance if you think you have coronavirus
NHS COVID Pass
- A COVID Pass shows your COVID-19 vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.
- You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.
- Please visit this page for more information about the NHS Covid Pass and how to access it