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Drop-In Vaccination Centre Open in Pitlochry Today

Ministers ‘will make Covid vaccines mandatory for care home staff’

The Atholl Leisure Centre is open for drop in vaccinations today for local people aged over 16 and not had their first vaccine or anyone who is at 8 weeks or more since their first vaccine. 

They are offering the Pfizer for 16-39-year-olds and AstraZeneca for those aged 40 between 10am and 5pm today.

People in Highland Perthshire who have missed their vaccination appointment can go to the drop-in centre.

NHS Tayside are reassuring people who have been self-isolating in particular that if they missed their appointment, they can take the chance to get theirs in Pitlochry today.

Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said, “Everyone is aware of the current situation in Tayside, and particularly in Dundee, in terms of high numbers of cases in the community. We know that many people currently have or have recently had COVID-19, or may be self-isolating as a close contact, and therefore can’t get vaccinated right now.

“Please don’t worry, we will continue running our drop-in clinics and offering appointments over the coming weeks to ensure that you can get your vaccine as soon as possible after your period of self-isolation.”

Anyone who has tested positive for COVID must wait 28 days before going to any of the drop-in centres.

But anyone who isn’t testing positive and has waited the necessary amount of time before going out again can go to the centre.

“Unfortunately, there are young people right now with COVID in Ninewells – not only in our general wards, but also in our intensive care and high dependency unit. So we have a simple plea to everyone, but particularly to those in the younger age groups: please go and get your vaccination as soon as you can. 

“Drop-in vaccination clinics are running at venues right across Tayside to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary and anyone over 18 can now drop-in. 

“So far, uptake of vaccinations in Tayside has been very good. We have delivered over 522,000 vaccines in Tayside with more than 296,000 people, 85% of the adult population, having one dose and around 226,000 people, 64%, having had both doses but we need that uptake to be higher to stop the spread of the virus.

“We know that getting both doses of the vaccine offers maximum protection against the virus so if you have not yet had your first jab, or you are longer than eight weeks from your first jab and are due your second jab, come along to your nearest clinic and we will get you vaccinated.”

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