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covid vaccine GillinghamGillingham Medical Practice has announced that it is receiving its first batch of vaccine – the Pfizer-BioNTech version – next week and that the first vaccination clinics will be taking place on Saturday 9 January.

These clinics will be held at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre and vaccinations are by appointment only.

‘Please do not call us to book your vaccination, your surgery will contact you,’ said the Gillingham Medical Practice in a statement on its website.

The Gillingham Medical Practice says it is working with the Blackmore Vale Partnership and will be following the government on prioritising who gets the vaccinations.

‘Our first cohort will be approximately 975 patients over the age of 80 based on their age and clinical risk. Do not worry if you or your relative is over 80 and doesn’t get called this week, we will be calling the remainder as soon as we get confirmation of our next delivery which will hopefully be the following week,’ says the practice.

The medical practice says it then hopes to vaccinate more people each week so that it can ‘immunise as many people as possible in a short a time as possible’. This, however, will be dependent on vaccine availability.

‘We will also be going into our local care and residential homes to vaccinate residents and staff within the next few weeks as well,’ it says.

The Gillingham Medical Practice adds that residents should not be complacent as Covid numbers are on the rise in North Dorset. ‘A 50 percent increase from previous weeks,’ it says.

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