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Drop-In Vaccinations Start Today and Over the Weekend

Vaccine rollout – are we ahead of schedule?

People in Highland Perthshire can go to the Atholl Leisure Centre in Pitlochry for either their first or second jab.

Anyone aged 18 or over who has not had their first jab or who had their first jab more than 8 weeks ago can drop into the centre without an appointment.

The centre is open from today (July 23) from 10 am until 5pm, as well as Saturday (July 24) and Sunday (July 25) at the same time.

Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said: “Getting both doses of the vaccine offers maximum protection against COVID-19.  If you are over 18 and have not yet had your first jab, or it has been more than eight weeks since your first jab, please come forward as soon as you can to your nearest clinic and we will get you vaccinated.

“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.  If you have COVID-19 you can attend 28 days after testing positive.  If you have been identified as a close contact of a positive case, have completed the 10 day self-isolation period and not tested positive, you can attend for your jab on the 11th day.”

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

Dr Emma Fletcher added: “Thankfully, we are starting to see a slow decrease in the extremely high number of cases we have had in Tayside over the past few weeks, but we are not out of the woods yet. 

“As we all get back to enjoying more of the things we have missed during the pandemic, it is important to ensure that we keep following the guidance around self-isolation, testing, face coverings and limits on household contacts.

“Please also make the most of this fantastic weather we’ve been having recently and meet outdoors whenever possible.  If meeting indoors, please keep windows open and maintain distancing between households in public places.

“There are still a lot of people needing treatment for COVID in the community and hospital and unfortunately people are still dying from this virus. We are also seeing younger people with COVID in Ninewells, including in our critical care unit.”

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