The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine is now underway and a number of vaccination hubs have been set up across Wiltshire and the surrounding area to admister the jab in the community.

Yesterday (January 7), vaccinations began at the Michael Herbert Hall in Wilton where frontline medical staff and people aged 80 or above received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.

More new sites are expected to open their doors in the coming week, with some offering the newly-approved vaccine developed at Oxford University.

The vaccination sites opened in December are:

  • Steam Museum, Swindon
  • Corn Exchange, Devizes
  • Rowden Surgery, Chippenham
  • Combe Down Surgery, near Bath
  • The White Horse Health Centre, Westbury
  • Ramsbury Surgery, Marlborough
  • Spencer Sport and Social Club, Melksham

The vaccination sites opened in the past week are:

  • Wingfield Surgery, Trowbridge
  • Michael Herbert Hall, Wilton
  • Tidworth Leisure Centre, Tidworth
  • Malmesbury Primary Care Centre, Malmesbury
  • Batheaston Medical Centre, Batheaston
  • Somer Centre, Midsomer Norton
  • Northlands Surgery, Calne

Gill May, Director of Nursing and Quality at Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, said: “The first few months of this new year is when we really expect to hit our stride in terms of vaccinating those who are most at risk of developing serious health complications after catching coronavirus.

“To know that more vaccination sites are opening up within the first two weeks of the year is remarkable, and a reflection of our overall ambition to offer the vaccine quickly and safely to as many people as possible.

“I know that many people, especially those over the age of 80, will be feeling anxious over not having yet received an invitation to be vaccinated, but please be patient and rest assured that we are working our way through the lists and no person will be forgotten.”

People expecting to receive a vaccine are asked not to contact their local GP practice or hospital, and instead wait to be contacted by the NHS.

The CCG says appointments are allocated based on the number of vaccines available.

A total of 20 venues are expected to roll out the jab to people across the county once all of the new vaccination sites are up and running.