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Grab a Jab Returns to Pitlochry

Omicron multiplies 70 times faster than Delta in airways

NHS Tayside is back in Pitlochry this weekend for another round of drop in vaccinations for Highland Perthshire.

The Atholl Leisure Centre is open from 10am – 6pm Saturday (December 18) until Tuesday (December 21).

Anyone over 12 can go to the centre for their first dose, over 18’s (with 8 weeks or more since their first dose) can get their second dose and over 40’s (with 12 weeks since getting the second vaccination) can drop in for their booster jabs.

People aged 18-39, (with 12 weeks since their second vaccination), can book an appointment for a booster jab but cannot attend a drop in at this time.

The first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said: “Boosters give us much more protection against Omicron than just one or two doses.

“So, our plan is, before New Year, to offer every eligible adult the chance to book an appointment.”

NHS Tayside’s website also explained who else is eligible for a booster vaccine:

At-risk groups

People aged over 16 who have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, are an unpaid carer or live with someone who is immunosuppressed, can now book an appointment at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or 0800 030 8013, or visit your nearest drop-in centre.  Boosters can be given a minimum of 12 weeks since your second dose.

Severely immunosuppressed

Adults aged 16 or over with a severely weakened immune system are being offered a third primary dose. They will also be offered a booster dose to extend the protection from previous doses. The booster dose can be given at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your third primary dose.  You can book an appointment at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or 0800 030 8013.

Housebound patients

Those who are housebound will be called directly by our vaccination teams to arrange a suitable time for a home visit. This will be done by Sunday, 19 December. Both the COVID booster and flu vaccines will be given at the same appointment if eligible. 

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf added: “We are so grateful to everyone who has been involved in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Scotland, including the military, which has ensured more than 10.5 million doses – first, second, third and boosters – have already been delivered.

Anyone looking to book their vaccine can visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking

More information on the vaccine in Tayside can be found on: https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/YourHealthWellbeing/PROD_345323/index.htm

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