All Keynsham GPs opt out of giving COVID boosters

All GP surgeries in Keynsham say they have made the “difficult decision” not to do COVID boosters.

Temple House Practice in St Clements Road, West View Surgery in Park Road and St Augustine’s in The Chocolate Quarter, which also has a branch in Saltford, have all released similarly-worded statements on their websites, explaining where eligible patients can get the vaccine instead.

They say: “All practices in Keynsham have made the difficult decision not to participate in this phase of the vaccination programme. This is because as practices we are under enormous pressure and feel we need to prioritise our resources on core GP services to meet the wider needs of our practice population.”

Eligible patients are advised that the NHS will notify them about a booster dose at least six months after the second dose, that community pharmacies are offering appointments in Keynsham and the surrounding area. Those who can travel also have the option of attending a larger centre such as at Bath Racecourse.

There will also be a centrally organised service for delivering the vaccine to completely housebound patients and those living in residential care homes.

Patients are also advised that flu vaccines will still be available from each practice as in previous years.