Vaccinations for the flu jab are opening up to the over 80’s across Highland Perthshire and the Aberfeldy and Kinloch Rannoch Medical practice are making it easier to get to appointments.
The Uppertay Transport Group is helping get patients to their appointments by offering them transportation to the medical practice.
Practice Manager, Alice Maxwell, said: “Aberfeldy & Kinloch Rannoch Medical Practice has made a promising start to the COVID vaccinations.
“Clinics are being held during the week and occasional Saturdays. As vaccine supply increases the number of patients they vaccinate will step up.
“The practice is following the national prioritisation schedule, when you become eligible you will be invited by letter or phone to make your first and second appointment.
“If you need help with transport, please contact Uppertay Transport Group on 07388 236233.”
NHS Tayside say that they are on track for meeting their target vaccination.
Associate Director of Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said: “Our vaccination teams have put in a huge amount of work and planning to get to this stage and are also working hard to plan for the next stages of the programme. This will see all those aged over 65 and those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable invited for vaccination in stages throughout February.
“It is really encouraging to see such high uptake so far and we know that many more people are eager to get vaccinated. Please be assured that everyone will be offered the vaccination but, understandably, we need to ensure those who are most vulnerable are vaccinated as soon as possible, so this means that our immediate focus is on frontline staff and older and at-risk members of our communities.
“We would like to thank everyone for their patience as we work our way through the priority groups and ask that people do not contact their GP practice with enquiries about when they will receive the vaccine as practices are currently very busy making arrangements and booking appointments.
“Remember it takes 2-3 weeks for the vaccine to provide protection and it is not known whether it stops you spreading the virus to others so we all need to continue to stick to the rules and help stop the spread in our communities.”