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NHS Tayside Hits 400,000 Vaccines Given Out to International Acclaim

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The vaccination programme at NHS Tayside is seeing the rewards of their hard work with over 400,000 jabs now delivered as well as programme director, Lynne Hamilton earning international award recognition for her work.

Following her appointment as Vaccination Programme Director at the start of the pandemic, Lynne was a finalist in the ‘Finance Business Leader of the Year’ category at the Engage Europe Finance Awards 2021.

NHS Tayside COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Director Lynne Hamilton said:

“I believe my finance background and the range of other skills I have gathered throughout my career, including in programme planning, contract negotiations, communications and engagement, equality and diversity and risk assessments have all led me to being able to take forward this once in a lifetime opportunity to support the COVID-19 vaccination programme.   

“I am extremely humbled to be leading on something of such importance and thankful that my training and finance qualification have allowed me to have this opportunity in my career.”  

Lynn has made strides in her work towards NHS Tayside’s achievement so far of 400,000 vaccinations.

Lynn added:

“It’s fantastic to have reached this milestone of 400,000 vaccinations.  Our vaccination teams have put in a huge effort to reach this stage and we are so grateful to everyone from NHS Tayside, the health and social care partnerships, our GP colleagues, local authority partners and community volunteers who have played a part in this. 

“We were delighted to be welcome Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care, Humza Yousaf, to our vaccination centre today as we mark 400,000 jabs in Tayside.

“Invitations are now being sent out for those in the 30-39 age group and our message to everyone remains simple: when you are invited for your vaccine please take up the offer and keep following the FACTS guidance even if you have had the vaccination or not. So, please everyone roll up your sleeves and stick with it Tayside.”

Cabinet Secretary for Health Humza Yousaf paid tribute to NHS Tayside staff at the Caird Hall.

He said:

“I am delighted to have received my first vaccination and would like to thank all the staff at NHS Tayside and throughout Scotland for all their efforts in ensuring the success of the roll-out.

“I was very pleased to be able to meet some of the local staff who have been involved in delivering the vaccination programme here in Dundee and was particularly glad to be here on the day the programme in NHS Tayside reaches a total of 400,000 doses.

“With the April 02 variant currently circulating in parts of the UK, it continues to be vitally important that everyone takes the opportunity to get both doses of their vaccination when this is offered. The second dose offers greater and longer lasting protection and should not be missed.

“We want everyone to come forward for a vaccine and we continue to work with community organisations to address any barriers people may experience to ensure that everyone is able to get an appointment.

“The vaccines we have are extremely safe and highly effective. Vaccination is absolutely crucial to protect ourselves, our families and our communities, and to help us on the path back to normality.”

The Scottish Government this week began inviting 18–29-year-olds to self-register for their vaccine by going online to www.nhsinform.scot/under30register or calling 0800 030 8013 before Friday 4th June. Vaccine appointments will then be sent by email or text.

Those who don’t register in this way will still be sent their appointment by letter.

If you are in priority groups 1-9 which includes people aged over 50, frontline health and social care workers, care home staff and residents, people who are shielding, unpaid carers and those under 65 with certain health conditions and you have not yet received an invite, please complete the missed invitation form at https://invitations.vacs.nhs.scot/  

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