Local people across Highland Perthshire are being offered the flu vaccine and COVID booster ahead of the winter in an effort to alleviate pressure on the NHS.
This comes as the Scottish Government open up the vaccine to more people, including young children and vulnerable adults, as the winter months draw in.
NHS Tayside Associate Director for Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “Flu can be a very serious illness which spreads easily and, with COVID-19 also continuing to circulate in our communities, we need to do all we can to minimise the risk to those who are most vulnerable.
“The effects of flu and COVID could also have a big impact on our health and social care services this winter if staff become unwell and need to take time off work so it’s really important that staff get these vaccinations as early as possible.”
The vaccines are being offered by appointment at local GP’s across Highland Perthshire, here is a list of eligible patients:
Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable
- People aged 70 and over and those aged 16 and over who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (previously known as shielding) are currently being invited for their flu vaccination at their own GP practices.
- Invitations for COVID boosters for this group will follow and will be by blue envelope for appointments at our community vaccination centres.
- People who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their last COVID-19 vaccination will be offered a third primary dose and will receive a blue envelope.
Other at-risk groups
- People aged 50-69, people aged 16-49 with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, unpaid carers, and those living with someone who is immunosuppressed will be able to book an appointment online from October for both flu vaccination and COVID booster.
- Vaccinations will take place in the community vaccination centres across Tayside.
Health and social care workers
- Frontline NHS Tayside staff and frontline social care workers are also strongly encouraged to take up the offer of a flu jab and COVID boosters.
- Non-frontline NHS Tayside staff are also eligible for flu vaccinations.
- Staff can book their flu and COVID booster jabs at www.nhsinform.scot/HSCWvaccination.
- Vaccinations will take place in hospitals and community vaccination centres. Community pharmacies across Tayside will also be offering flu vaccination only for NHS and social care staff.
- Care home staff and residents are being offered vaccination in their care homes.
- Staff can also access vaccination through the booking portal at www.nhsinform.scot/HSCWvaccination or, for flu only, at community pharmacies.
Children and young people
- Primary and secondary school pupils will be offered the flu vaccination at their school, while parents of children aged 2-5 who are not yet at school will have received a letter inviting them to attend a local clinic.
- Pregnant women will be offered flu vaccination by midwifery services as part of their routine antenatal care.
Dr Daniel Chandler added: “Vaccinations will be delivered in a variety of settings including GP practices, hospitals, community vaccination centres, schools, care homes and community pharmacies.
“We’ve had a great response to the COVID vaccine so far in Tayside with particularly high uptake amongst the most vulnerable groups so I would strongly encourage everyone to take up the offer of the booster, along with the flu jab, when you are invited.”
More information can be found on: https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine