Coronavirus Updates

The law on self-isolation in England has now changed.

Close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases will no longer need to self- isolate if they are either:

  • double jabbed
  • under 18

Instead you should take a free PCR test. Book online, call 119 or visit a test site.



Update on the concerns regarding the Astra Zeneca batches produced in India

A Government spokesperson said:

“This is completely untrue - no Covishield vaccines have been administered in the UK.

“All AstraZeneca vaccines given in the UK are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria. The European Medicines Agency has authorised this vaccine and we’re confident travel will not be affected.

“All doses used in the UK have been subject to rigorous safety and quality checks, including individual batch testing and physical site inspections, by the medicine’s regulator, the MHRA.

“The EU Digital Covid-19 Certificate is currently for EU citizens only, or third country nationals legally staying or resident in the EU. Ensuring safe and open travel with our global partners is a clear priority and we are engaging the European Commission on certification.”


Acceleration of second doses for all cohorts

Yesterday, the government set out their latest guidance for appointments of a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks for the remaining people in all cohorts who have yet to receive their second dose. This is to ensure everyone has the strongest possible protection from the Delta variant of the virus at the earliest opportunity possible. This announcement builds on the previous advice that second doses for cohorts 1-9 should be brought forward from 12 weeks to eight weeks.


1st & 2nd & Booster information

We have been busy vaccinating all our patients in cohorts 1-12.  These are patients over 18 years and over and also those who have conditions that put them at higher risk of COVID.  We continue to offer booster doses over the next couple of days 20th & 21st December.

Please can you make sure your mobile and email details are up to date in your medical records.  This will help us contact you more quickly to notify you of any changes.

We have been trying to contact everyone either using a text message or by letter.  When we contact you by text or letter please can you respond to the text message by either booking your appointment or sending a message back declining the invite.  You can of course also contact 119 to arrange to be vaccinated at one of the mass vaccination sites such as Kings Park Hospital in Bournemouth, or find a local pharmacy who are offering the vaccination site if you prefer.


Astra Zeneca

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


A few statistics

Just under 50,000 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 under 80% of our adult population has been vaccinated with at least 2 vaccines and a booster.  Here are a few statistics of who has been vaccinated within The Blackmore Vale Partnership:

  • 100% Care Home residents
  • 98.5% over 80s
  • 97.6% over 70s
  • 92% over 60s
  • 90% over 50s
  • 93% Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
  • 90% clinically at risk aged 16-64
  • 80% over 40s
  • 70% over 30s
  • 60% over 18-29s

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



 Check if you have coronavirus symptoms
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and where to get medical advice if you think you have them.​

 What to do if you or someone you live with has symptoms of coronavirus
Advice about not leaving your home (self-isolation) and looking after yourself if you or someone you live with has symptoms.

 People at higher risk from coronavirus
Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

 Coronavirus in children
Advice about symptoms of coronavirus in children, including when to get medical help if your child seems unwell.​

 Staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus
Advice about staying at home to avoid getting coronavirus, including when you can leave your home and how to get medical help.​

 Help the NHS respond to coronavirus
Find out what you can do to help the NHS respond to the spread of coronavirus.

 Links to more information about coronavirus
Links to government advice, information for health professionals and advice for other parts of the UK.

For further information go to or


ADVICE ACCURATE AS OF 10:00 15/12/2021