NHS Tayside is nearing vaccinating all of the over 80s across the area, with 45,000 vaccines delivered since vaccinations began.
Now the team are moving onto the next priority age group, with the over 80’s on course for vaccination by next week, the 65s – 79 year olds and ‘extremely vulnerable are up next.
Associate Director of Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “Our vaccination teams have worked tirelessly to ensure that 45,000 of Tayside’s most vulnerable residents and frontline health and social care workers have received a vaccination so far.
“All in these first priority groups will have been offered vaccination by next week which is a huge achievement and means that we are now able to move into the next phase of the programme, which is the over 65s and those who were asked to shield.”
So far, the vaccinations delivered by NHS Tayside amount to more than 11% of all vaccinations distributed in Scotland, placing the team second in terms of percentage of people vaccinated in their area.
Dr Chandler added: “Uptake has been extremely high, and we hope to see this continue as we move through the programme.
“We know that many more people are eager to get vaccinated and we want to assure everyone that they will be offered the vaccination but, understandably, we need to ensure those who are most vulnerable are vaccinated as soon as possible. This means that our immediate focus is on frontline staff and older and at-risk members of our communities.”
However, it’s still unclear if the vaccine has an impact of the transmission of the virus which is why NHS Tayside are asking that people remember the FACTS and stick to the guidelines.
Dr Chandler explained: “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.”