A new campaign designed to encourage young people to get their COVID-19 vaccination has been launched today.
Bristol City Council, in partnership with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) COVID-19 Vaccination Programme, has launched its ‘Let’s get the jab done’ campaign to highlight the importance of being vaccinated in the fight against COVID-19.
The campaign is underpinned by the www.grabajab.net webpage, which has a comprehensive list of vaccination options including walk-in clinics across the area and a link to the National Booking Service (NBS).
With the vaccine now available to everyone over the age of 18, and ahead of the government’s target to offer all adults a vaccine by Sunday 25 July, vaccinations are even more accessible and easy to get. The NHS has made plenty of appointments available on the NBS and is running walk-in clinics across the city, no bookings necessary.
Christina Gray, Director for Communities and Public Health, said: “I want to thank all of our young people for the sacrifices you have made over the last 18 months. You have missed out on music, sports, jobs, opportunities, and spending time with your friends. You’ve had to stay inside and have not been able to live, work and socialise in the way you’d like. However, by giving up so much, you have played your part in helping to protect our city.
“As we start to look towards a more positive future, the vaccine is just one of the key tools that will prevent the spread of COVID-19. Getting your jab is not just about protecting yourself but about protecting others around you, including your family, friends and those more vulnerable.
“Over 300,000 people in Bristol have now received one or more doses of the vaccination. It is quick and easy and there are so many ways you can access it, so don’t delay and get yourself down to a vaccine clinic.
“Please continue to play your part, and together, let’s get the jab done!”
Clare Armour, BNSSG Vaccination Programme Lead, added: “We’re working at making it as easy as possible for people to have their vaccine in convenient locations and at times that fit around their work and their lives. You can find a full list of options for our area, including walk-in clinics and a link to the National Booking Service, at www.grabajab.net.
“Vaccinated people are far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms and pass it on to others. Even if you are younger, you can still get seriously ill from COVID, including longer lasting symptoms from 'Long COVID', like severe fatigue. Getting vaccinated will help us all get life back to normal by reducing the spread of the virus and protecting our communities, families and friends.”
From Wednesday 4 August, the city’s vaccination centre at Ashton Gate will move to the new Vaccination Centre @ UWE Bristol. It sits alongside our existing vaccination capacity at GP-clinics, community pharmacies and walk-in clinics in faith and community settings. A full list of walk-in clinics can be found on the Healthier Together website or www.grabajab.net. Alternatively, an appointment can be made on the National Booking Service or by calling 119.