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NHS Tayside Offers COVID Booster

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NHS Tayside is offering the COVID booster vaccine ahead of the winter months in an effort to keep local people safe during the more dangerous time of year and to keep beds free in the run-up to Christmas.

They’re offering the vaccine through the community vaccination centres which are running throughout the week in Highland Perthshire.

NHS Tayside Associate Director for Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “I would like to thank everyone who has attended so far for their COVID-19 booster vaccination. The vaccination team has delivered 24,000 COVID-19 booster jabs so far.

“I know some people had a long wait at some of our vaccination centres this week and I would like to apologise for that and thank them for their patience.

“We have worked hard to resolve the issues which led to the queues and I’m pleased to report that both Dewars and the Dundee City Centre venues ran smoothly yesterday with minimal queues, so I would encourage everyone with an appointment to come along and get their booster jab.

“Stewards are on hand to assist anyone with mobility issues so please let them know if you need support.”

NHS Tayside has listed out below who can come forward for their booster jab:

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable

• Appointments for COVID boosters for this group are being issued and will arrive in the post in a blue envelope. Jabs will be delivered at one of our community vaccination centres.

Severely immunosuppressed

• People who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their last COVID-19 vaccination will be offered a third primary dose and will receive an appointment in the post in a blue envelope.

Other at-risk groups

• People aged 50-69, people aged 16-49 with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, unpaid carers, and those living with someone who is immunosuppressed will be invited to book or attend a scheduled appointment soon for both flu vaccination and COVID booster. Look out for further details about this.

First and second doses of COVID-19 vaccination

• Drop in clinics are running across Tayside for first doses for over-16s and second doses for over-18s.

• Those aged 12-15 will receive an invitation in the post.

• There are separate queues for people attending drop-ins and people with an appointment will be prioritised, so anyone attending for a drop-in vaccination should be aware they may experience a longer wait when there is higher demand.

• Full details of clinics across Tayside are available at www.covidtayside.scot.nhs.uk

Flu vaccinations:

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable

• People aged 70 and over and those aged 16 and over who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (previously known as shielding) are currently being invited for their flu vaccination at their own GP practices.

Other at-risk groups

• People aged 50-69, people aged 16-49 with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, unpaid carers, and those living with someone who is immunosuppressed will be invited to book or attend a scheduled appointment soon for both flu vaccination and COVID booster. Look out for further details about this.

• Vaccinations will take place in the community vaccination centres across Tayside.

Children and young people

• Primary and secondary school pupils will be offered the flu vaccination at their school, while parents of children aged 2-5 who are not yet at school will have received a letter inviting them to attend a local clinic.

Pregnant women

• Pregnant women will be offered flu vaccination by midwifery services as part of their routine antenatal care.

COVID-19 booster vaccinations:

• Please do not phone your GP to ask about COVID booster vaccinations. GPs are not offering COVID boosters. Vaccinations will take place in the community vaccination centres across Tayside.

• If you want to re-schedule your appointment, you must do this online or phone the national helpline on 0800 030 8013. Please note this is a national helpline and it can be busy – please keep trying.

• Please do not attend for a COVID booster vaccination without an appointment. Drop ins are for first or second doses only.

• Please only attend five minutes prior to your appointment time to help avoid queues forming.

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