The NHS in Hampshire and Isle of Wight has informed us that the first GP surgeries across Hampshire will be ready to start vaccinating patients this week as the roll out of the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history moves into the next phase.

In Basingstoke, The Hampshire Court Hotel, Centre Drive, will operate as a vaccination centre from tomorrow (Wednesday 16 December).

Nurses, paramedics, pharmacists and other NHS staff will work alongside GPs to vaccinate those aged 80 and over, as well as care home workers and residents, identified as priority groups for the life-saving vaccine.

Like the hospital staff who launched the campaign last week, practice teams are working rapidly to organise the sites so that safe processes are in place to meet the tough logistical challenges of offering the vaccination.

The NHS will contact people in the priority groups when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. People should not contact their surgeries as the vaccination service is available strictly by invitation only.

The latest phase of the vaccine roll-out is being co-ordinated by GP-led primary care networks with more practices and community pharmacies in other parts of England joining on a phased basis during December and in the coming months.