Bodmin Local Vaccination Service at Bodmin Treatment Centre – Ends 11th June 2021

The GP-led team providing the vaccination service at Bodmin Treatment Centre are extremely proud that together we will have administered over 27,000 first and second doses of vaccine by early June for our must vulnerable patients in Cohorts 1-9.

The service is provided through the collaboration of ten GP practices in the area and was one of the first in the county to deliver vaccine to the most elderly patients from mid-December 2020.

However, from June 2021, vaccine services will no longer be delivered from Bodmin Treatment Centre. Remaining patients requiring vaccination will be able to access other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres which are now in place to deliver this service, enabling the GP practice teams to fully focus their staff time on their usual services to patients.

Mass vaccination sites are located at The Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge, Stithians Showground, Roche Pharmacy and Reeds Pharmacy in Truro and patients can access these by using the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. A range of vaccines suitable for different age groups are available.

Patients who have already had their first dose at Bodmin Treatment Centre will be invited for their second dose before the centre closes or will be able to book as above.

The team providing this service would like to formally thank all the fabulous volunteers who have supported the service so tirelessly since day one, no matter what the weather, ensuring patients access the site and service safely. Many other organisations, both on the hospital site and amongst the wider health community, have also provided invaluable support to the surgeries, though they are all too numerous to mention.

We would also like to thank all the patients who have taken the time to thank us for our efforts, either in person, by card, text, email or through deliveries of welcome snacks and treats!

So where can I get my vaccine from?

If you have already had your first dose at Bodmin Treatment Centre we will invite you for your second before 11 June.

For all other patients yet to be invited for their first dose, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and invited to book an appointment via the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119. You will be given the option of attending a local participating pharmacy or vaccination centre. It’s really important that when you get your invitation, you take up the offer of having the vaccine, as you will be protecting yourself and friends and family around you.

Will I have to wait longer?

No, you shouldn’t have to wait any longer for your vaccine.

I fall in to one of the first Cohorts – how can I get my vaccine?

If you are 50 years old or older or are in another eligible group and haven’t had your first vaccine yet, it’s important you are vaccinated as soon as possible. You can access an appointment from the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

What about getting my second dose of the vaccine?

If you have already had one dose of the vaccine provided at Bodmin Treatment Centre, you will be invited for your second dose before 11 June 2021. If you are unable to attend the appointment offered you will be able to access an appointment from the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.

Are you withdrawing from the programme because there is a problem with the rollout of the vaccine?

There are no issues with the further rollout of the vaccine programme. When we were asked to help deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme it was to vaccinate people in cohorts 1 – 9 only. Mass Vaccination sites were not up and running at that point and we wished to support getting our most vulnerable groups vaccinated as quickly as possible.

There are a number of other services in this area that have sufficient capacity to be able to vaccinate everyone who is eligible when it is their turn including different vaccines required for different age groups.

Will the surgeries be providing a booster campaign in the autumn?

At present there is no confirmed information on how and when any booster campaign will be provided. When this information is available the surgeries will consider the options available and will keep patients informed.

Where can I get more information about the vaccine?

You can find more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme NHS.UK website.