NHS Tayside is now drawing closer to vaccinating 50% of people within the health board area as the United Kingdom comes closer to marking one year under lockdown restrictions.
Now, over 174,000 people across Highland Perthshire have had their jab, which makes up 10% of all jabs given out in Scotland.
Just one week ago, Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside, said: “I’m delighted we’ve reached this milestone of over 150,000 vaccinations in Tayside. To have reached so many people in only four months is a massive achievement and is down to the hard work and dedication of so many people from across NHS Tayside, the health and social care partnerships, our GPs and council partners.
“In NHS Tayside, we have developed a blended model of vaccination in GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, community vaccination centres and patients’ own homes, which allows us to adapt and flex depending on the current stage of the programme.
“This means that the clinic requirements will vary by priority group and vaccination centres or GP delivery may be temporarily stood down and opened again as demand and vaccine supplies require. There may also be some overlap between the different groups as we move onto new cohorts as soon as we are able.
“As our GP colleagues continue to focus on vaccinating those with health conditions and unpaid carers, our central teams are preparing for the next priority groups which are those aged 60-64, 55-59 and 50-54.”
A distinctive blue envelope is due on the doorsteps of 55 to 59 year olds now that the vaccination teams are inviting people to their appointments.
A spokesperson for NHS Tayside said: “The invitation will provide the location, date and time of the vaccination appointment plus instructions on how to change the appointment if necessary. There are also details for the national vaccination helpline if people have any queries.
“Last week, everyone in the 60 to 64 age group in Tayside began receiving their blue envelopes. With more than 55,000 people in the next age groups in line for the vaccine, invitations will be coming out over the coming weeks with everyone getting their first jab by the middle of April.
“The Tayside vaccination teams are geared up to deliver the vaccine to everyone eligible and our message to the public is to get the vaccination when you are offered it and to please be patient.”