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New Year roll out of Covid vaccine gathers pace

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Frome Medical Practice, who were selected to take part in the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, which began before Christmas, will continue with the rollout programme in the New Year.

The first patients from Frome received their vaccines at the practice just before Christmas, on 18th December. 

GP practices across the country were asked to prioritise vaccinating patients who are over 80 years old. An initial group of patients were invited to attend the practice for their first of two appointments to receive the vaccine. Patients have been reassured that the practice will be in touch with all eligible patients as soon as vaccines are available for them to receive. 

As the vaccination programme began, senior partner at the practice, Dr Helen Kingston said, “We are delighted and relieved to be starting our Covid-19 vaccination programme here at Frome Medical practice. It has been a long and hard year for so many and we are really grateful for the support and co-operation of everyone in our community in Frome.

“This start to the vaccination programme offers us a ray of hope as this new year begins. We need to keep up our efforts to stay safe whilst the vaccination programme rolls out and continue to look out for our families, neighbours and friends throughout the remaining winter months, but I am really hopeful that the advent of this vaccination will enable us to begin to look forward to better times in 2021.”

Eva Humphries was the first to receive the vaccine from Dr Kingston. Eva said, “I was really keen to get the vaccination and so was very happy and relieved when the invite came through. Coronavirus has been hanging over us as a family, like everyone, since March now. I’ve been so worried about going out and about meeting people, but hopefully this means getting back to some kind of normality in 2021.” 

Frome Medical Practice asked that patients do not call regarding the vaccine, as staff are continuing to contact those patients in eligible groups to make appointments for them. 

a second dose of the vaccine is administered 21 days after the first vaccine. The practice continues to ask that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus does not attend the practice at this time and calls 01373 301301 to cancel / rearrange appointments where possible in order to prevent vaccine wastage. 

For more information regarding the Covid-19 vaccine please visit the practice website at

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