MELKSHAM and Bradford on Avon Primary Care Network have just hit 30,000 vaccinations delivered at Spencer’s Sport and Social Club since the start of the vaccination programme.

Now they are starting to release vaccine appointments at Spencer’s Sport and Social Club, Melksham on the National Booking System for patients 40-49 years.

Dr Abby Burgess, a partner in Giffords Surgery in Spa Road, Melksham, which is part of the network, said: “This booking process is in its pilot stages but as vaccine supply increases there will be more clinics available for patients to book on the NBS at Spencer’s. The NBS is now the principle way of making vaccine appointments for those aged under 50 years.

“Currently, there are limited options on NBS in terms of location for a vaccination; a lot of these are not local. As vaccine supplies increase and more local sites come ‘on-line’ you will see a notably increased choice of local vaccination sites.

“If you are 40-49 years you will have already received the NHS England letter/text containing the link to the NBS website or phone line which will enable you to book your appointment.

“We have no control as to who books the appointments at Spencer’s on the NBS, so in an effort to offer our Primary Care Network patients the best chance of booking locally, we will notify you via social media /text in advance of clinics being bookable on the NBS.

“Second vaccine doses for our over 50s (or those in the priority groups 4 and 6) will continue to be booked via the practices contacting patients by text or phone.”

All the staff in the photograph have been vaccinated and had a negative lateral flow test the same morning.