NHS Tayside has delivered its first round of COVID vaccines by immunising front line workers in ‘high risk’ positions.
41 nurses, porters, consultants and many more staff at NHS Tayside are among the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
One nurse, Linda Smyth, was the first to receive the vaccine, she said: ““It feels absolutely brilliant to be the first person to have the vaccine today, I’m delighted to have it.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time and I hope it encourages more of my colleagues to come and have the vaccination soon. It’s a great day for us all.”
Now NHS Tayside are looking to the next steps as they continue to vaccinate their staff and consider when they will be ready to start vaccinating across the wider health board area.
Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said: “We will have limited doses of the vaccine available over the first few weeks and, as those being vaccinated need two doses at least 21 days apart, half of the vaccines need to be held back to give the second injection.
“This means that we need to offer the jab to our frontline health and social care staff on a phased basis according to their risk. It is hoped that care home residents and staff will be offered the vaccine in their own care homes from 14 December.”
For now the staff feel confident in their ability to deliver the vaccine to staff and the public.
Staff nurse Marion McLaggan said: “It’s really exciting to be part of this. We’ve had really good support and training and we’re all raring to go.”
Dr Fletcher added: “This is a significant step in our fight against COVID-19 and I’m so pleased to see the first vaccinations delivered in Tayside today.
“This has been the result of a huge amount of planning by teams across NHS Tayside and the Health and Social Care Partnerships, including Public Health, GPs, Pharmacy, Workforce, Finance, Procurement, Support Services, Staff Side colleagues and the Digital Directorate.
“I am so thankful to everyone who has been working hard over the past few weeks to get us to this stage.”