A community vaccination centre is being set up in Pitlochry as NHS Tayside accelerates in vaccine roll out.
Pitlochry’s Live Active Leisure Centre is being set up as one of the many vaccination centres in Highland Perthshire which will be distributing the vaccine.
Associate Director of Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said: “These new community vaccination centres will provide extra capacity to support our GPs in delivering the vaccine to the next priority groups across Tayside.
“By opening these local vaccination centres we are upping the pace of the programme and it means we are able to offer vaccinations to those aged 65-69 at an earlier stage than originally planned.
“We have already vaccinated more than 51,000 people in Tayside, and this is growing by the day.”
Now NHS Tayside is moving onto immunising Highland Perthshire’s over seventies and the ‘extremely vulnerable’ as well as inviting sixty-five pluses to upcoming appointments.
But there’s no need to book an appointment either, since your GP will be in touch when they are ready.
Dr Chandler added: “Please remember it takes two-three weeks for the vaccine to provide protection and it is not known whether it stops you spreading the virus to others. We all need to continue to stick to the rules and help stop the spread in our communities.”
“There has been a huge amount of work by NHS Tayside’s vaccination teams in partnership with colleagues in the local authorities and the armed forces to set up these venues and we are grateful to everyone who has helped to deliver this.
“We would also like to thank everyone in Tayside for their patience as we work our way through the priority groups. We’re asking that people do not contact their GP with enquiries about when they will receive the vaccine as practices are currently very busy making arrangements and booking appointments.”
The community centres are being set up as part of a partnership between the local authorities, armed forces and national health service.
Perth & Kinross Council leader Councillor Murray Lyle said, “Perth & Kinross Council is committed to supporting the roll out of the vaccination programme and we are delighted to be able to support the next stage with these new vaccination centres.
“These centres will help residents receive their first vaccinations faster, and protect them from coronavirus.”