Dear Parents and Carers


The government strategy to avoid major winter disruption relies heavily on uptake of vaccinations and Bristol is progressing well with this.


Today two new groups are eligible:
16-17 year olds are now eligible to book their second vaccination dose. It needs to be at least 12 weeks after the first dose or after testing positive for Covid. The reason for this long gap is to reduce the chance of any serious side effects. The second dose is needed to raise immunity so that the level of protection goes from around 55% to 80%. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
Over 40 year olds can now book a booster dose which restores any waning immunity in time for Christmas. The levels of protection after a booster dose are swiftly well above 90% This can be received 6 months after the second dose of vaccine. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/book-or-manage-a-booster-dose-of-the-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

18 year old are already eligible to book their second dose at 8 weeks after their first dose.
12-15 year olds can currently access only their first dose and need parental permission.

 

There are local drop in centres for vaccinations that do not need booking.
https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/book-your-vaccine/covid/


The upcoming ones for this week are:

Monday 22 November
9am-5.45pm (closed 1.30-2pm): Bedminster Pharmacy, 4-6 Cannon Street, Bristol BS3 1BN
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose.

 

Tuesday 23 November
9am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-5pm: Bristol Rapid Testing Centre, 17-18 Wellington Road, Bristol BS2 9DA
Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine, if eligible.
Accessible parking is available.
9am-5pm: Shaunaks Pharmacy, The Hindu Temple, 163B Church Road, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9LA
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose, booster vaccine available, if eligible

 

Wednesday 24 November
12pm-8pm: Easton Christian Family Centre, Beaufort Street, Easton, Bristol BS5 0SQ
Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine,if eligible.
Accessible toilets are available.
9am-5.45pm (closed 1.30-2pm): Bedminster Pharmacy, 4-6 Cannon Street, Bristol BS3 1BN
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose.
9am-5pm: Shaunaks Pharmacy, The Hindu Temple, 163B Church Road, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9LA
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose, booster vaccine available if eligible


Thursday 25 November, Friday 26 November, Saturday 27 November

11am-7pm: Cabot Circus, Broadmead, next to Five Guys and Claire’s, Bristol BS1 3BD
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose and booster vaccine,if eligible.


Saturday 27 November
10am-4pm: Shahporan Islamic Centre Bristol, The Meeting Room, 246 Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, BS10 6BQ
Family vaccine clinic COVID-19 – No appointment is required
Pfizer vaccine available.
Anyone ages 16 and over can get a first dose. Anyone ages 17 ¾ and over can get a second dose, if your first dose was 8 weeks ago. Booster vaccine available if you are eligible.
Children COVID vaccine only between 10am-4pm Children’s COVID from 12 – 15 years).
9am-5.45pm (closed 1.30-2pm): Bedminster Pharmacy, 4-6 Cannon Street, Bristol BS3 1BN
Pfizer vaccine available.
Open to anyone aged 16 and over for first dose, second dose.

 

A massive thank you to any parents and carers involved in helping staff the vaccination clinics. You are doing a brilliant job in helping keep us all safe. When I went for my own booster dose I was so inspire to see how efficient and kind everyone was and I was delighted to bump into one of our older sixth form students who was helping manage the queues. Everyone working in social care and for the NHS is in our prayers during the winter months.

 

Our school situation
We continue to do well with relatively few cases of coronavirus in most year groups. This is down to your excellent support with:


1. Keeping students off school with headaches, sore throats, runny nose, tummy problems, fever, cough and loss of taste and smell and booking a PCR test
2. Ensuring students take lateral flow tests
3. High levels of vaccination


We have had some cases in year 12 so we are being cautious and keeping mask wearing in communal areas in the sixth form for a bit longer to give time for increased levels of vaccination in Bristol to have an impact. Please do ensure that post 16 students attend school with a mask.

 

Thanks for all your support
Elisabeth Gilpin