Coronavirus: Pfizer 2nd dose clinic set for Wednesday 31st March at The Exchange

If you had your 1st Covid Vaccine of Pfizer on the 13/14/15 January this year, your 2nd dose appointment has been brought forward from the week of 5th April to WEDNESDAY 31st MARCH 2021.  These will be held at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.  We are sorry for any inconvenience to you but deliveries are out of our control.  You should receive a letter by the weekend with your appointment time. 

Please Do Not ring the surgery to confirm your appointment you will receive a letter if you are due a 2nd dose.

Coronavirus: Latest 1st Dose Clinic SATURDAY 27th MARCH 2021

We have been busy vaccinating all our patients in cohorts 1-9.  These are patients over 50 years and also those who have conditions that put them at higher risk of COVID.  We are now starting to vaccinate with 2nd doses which is reducing the number of 1st dose clinics we can run for a little while.

We are holding a 1st dose clinic on SATURDAY 27th MARCH 2021 at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton.  We have been trying to contact everyone either using a text message or now by letter.  Please can you respond to the text message by either booking your appointment or sending a message back declining the invite.  If you haven't had a text and would like a vaccine please let us know by emailing us on or or phone on 01258 474500 .  We have 8 vaccinators ready and waiting! You can of course however contact 119 to be vaccinated at one of the mass vaccination sites such as Bournemouth International Centre, or find a local pharmacy who are offering the vaccination site if you prefer.

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  COVID-19 Vaccinations in Dorset

We know there is intense interest in the COVID-19 vaccination, and you will want to know when and where you will be able to get yours.

The NHS is working extremely hard to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination to the most vulnerable local people.

We have made very good progress in a very short space of time since the vaccination first became available. However, it’s important to remember that this is the biggest vaccination programme that the NHS has ever undertaken, and that this has been a phased roll out at speed. It will take time to get to everyone.

We continue to provide Covid vaccine clinics as and when we receive vaccines from the Department.

We have more vaccines coming this week and are therefore running clinics on Friday 19th March at the Exchange in Sturminster Newton.


We have our first delivery of 2nd doses for those patients that came to us on 9th January 2021.  The clinic will be going ahead on SATURDAY 20th MARCH 2021.  Some patients will have received a text message reminding them of their appointment and they will also have received a letter.  Please attend your appointment at the time stated on the letter as this is more accurate!


UK regulator confirms that people should continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca

Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.


We have invited all our patients in cohorts 1-9. We haven't wasted a drop!

If you've received an invite from the National Booking Service, you can book on-line in one of the Mass Vaccination Centres. If you've had an invite from both, please choose whichever is more convenient to you.

Unfortunately we do not know when vaccines are going to be delivered to us until a few days before so planning is a little difficult and frustrating for us all.

18,299 vaccines have been provided to our patients in The Vale Primary Care Network which includes Blackmore Vale Partnership (Shaftesbury, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton and Fontmell Magna) and Gillingham.  This means 58.4% of our eligble population has been vaccinated.  Here are a few statistics of who has been vaccinated:

  • 99.1% over 80s
  • 97% over 70s
  • 92.4% Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
  • 87.6% over 60s
  • 78.5% clinically at risk aged 16-64

We hope the information here about the roll out of the programme in Dorset is helpful. 

For information about the roll out of the vaccine across Dorset, please click on this link for a short video   

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