A pharmacy in Ludgershall has been added to the list of venues offering coronavirus jabs to those who are eligible.

The Pharmacy in Central Street has been given access to the Covid vaccine but due to space constraints, this will be given out at the nearby Memorial Hall.

Other pharmacies across the Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG area rolling out the vaccine from February 4 are Shaunaks Pharmacy in Westbury and Avicenna Pharmacy in Swindon.

Ibrahim Kadri, Superintendent Pharmacist at the Pharmacy in Ludgershall, said: "We are excited to be part of the latest stage of the vaccination programme.

"We have been here for our patients throughout these difficult times and will carry on doing whatever we can in order to move forward."

These three sites will now appear on the national coronavirus vaccine booking system, along with the large vaccination centres at Salisbury City Hall and Bath Racecourse.

People invited to use the national booking system can choose the venue that is closest to their home or, alternatively, wait for an appointment slot at a clinic run by a GP practice.

The introduction of the pharmacy sites takes the total number of vaccine clinics in the region to 27, which is made up of 19 GP-led venues, two large vaccination centres and three hospital-based hubs.

Unlike the flu vaccine, which is available on request from many local pharmacies, coronavirus vaccine remains available only to those people who have been contacted by the NHS.

So far, more than 100,000 people across Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

As more people become vaccinated, the invite list will be widened, and those people who are aged between 70 and 79, along with the clinically extremely vulnerable, are now being contacted.

Any person within these groups who has not yet received an invitation should wait to be contacted, and not worry about being forgotten, the CCG says.

The NHS in the local area is making good progress in vaccinating those people who are currently eligible, and is on track to meet the government’s target of offering the vaccine to every person in top four priority groups by the middle of February.

People are asked to make every effort to attend their appointment and, in situations where this is not possible, to cancel at the earliest opportunity so the slot can be offered to another eligible person.