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NHS Scotland Reminding Residents to Check Eligibility For Winter Vaccination Programme

Coronavirus vaccine booking system extended as Omicron cases increase

NHS Scotland is encouraging those living in Highland Perthshire and across Scotland to check if they are eligible for the winter flu and coronavirus vaccinations.

Currently NHS Scotland are vaccinating those most at risk, with appointment letters being sent out with appointments. They are recommending that vaccines are taken as soon as they are offered.

In a tweet NHS Tayside said: “The flu virus is always changing and COVID vaccine protection can fade over time, so it’s important to keep protection levels topped up by getting the vaccines when offered.”

Anyone over the age of 65 should have received a scheduled appointment for both the coronavirus and flu vaccination, if you are in this group and haven’t received an appointment you can book one online.

Frontline health and social care workers and non-frontline NHS staff can book appointments for both vaccines via the online portal.

Anyone over the age of five who is at higher risk from either coronavirus or flu due to underlying health conditions should be receiving an appointment letter for winter vaccines via post, email or text from now until the end of October.

Those aged 50 to 64 with no additional risk factors will be the next group to receive the winter vaccines and will be contacted in due course.

Where possible both the winter coronavirus vaccine and the flu vaccine will be given at the same time, for those who are eligible for both. This will create the maximum protection over the winter months. The coronavirus vaccine will be given at least 12 weeks after your last dose, while only one dose of the flu vaccine is needed each winter.

To find out more information and access the online booking portal visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/wintervaccines  

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