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NHS Tayside Ensures Vaccinations are Person-Centred

Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine approved in UK for mass rollout

NHS Tayside is working with its partners to set up community vaccination centres across Highland Perthshire which can deliver the vaccinations to best suit locals.

This means that some patients will be asked to attend their GP, some will be administered from home, while the more able are asked to go to the centres with help being offered to reach the centres for others.

A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said, “We are working closely with our GP colleagues to deliver a person-centred vaccination model for those in the first priority groups.

“GPs in Tayside have already been successfully delivering the vaccination for those aged 80 and over and are now offering vaccination to people aged over 70 and those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable.

“The new community vaccination centres will offer vaccination to those aged 65-69 and we are exploring offers of support through our local resilience planning groups to help transport people from more rural areas to these centres.

“Teams are also offering vaccination at home for those who are housebound and cannot attend a centre or their GP practice.

“These plans have been developed to take into account a number of factors, including the practicalities of storing and delivering vaccine, and are based on our experience of successfully delivering the flu vaccine programme to communities across Tayside.” 

So far NHS Tayside’s vaccination programme has been among the most successful in Scotland, by the start of the month the teams had vaccinated more than 51,000 people.

Dr Daniel Chandler said: “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. 

 “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.”

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