Coronavirus (COVID-19): Vaccinations

We are currently vaccinating patients against coronavirus (COVID-19). You will be contacted by the NHS directly when we are able to offer you a vaccination - please do not contact the hospital or your GP practice to ask when you can have it.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit BSW CCG FAQs page.

Roll out of the vaccine

Great Western Hospital is one of the 50 hubs in the first wave of the roll out of the vaccine and we are currently prioritising the following groups:

  • people aged 80 and over
  • some people aged 70 and over
  • health and social care workers

Our Primary Care Network will soon be vaccinating care home residents and housebound patients.

All those vaccinated will need a booster dose and will be given an appointment for this. 

The life-saving vaccine is typically delivered by a simple injection in the shoulder but there is a complex and difficult logistical challenge to deliver from the manufacturers Pfizer to patients.

It needs to be stored at -70C before being thawed out and can only be moved four times within that cold chain before being used. 

Whilst this vaccination programme is well underway, coronavirus remains real and we must all continue to play our part in following all local and national guidance to keep ourselves safe and stop the virus spreading. Please remember to practice good hand hygiene, wear a face mask in public spaces and observe social distancing at all times.

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