NHS Tayside are strongly encouraging people across the health board to take their vaccine when they get their appointments.
This comes after the Tayside team saw a rise in people not attending their appointments, in some vaccination centres they’ve seen as much as 50% of people not attending.
Dr Fletcher said, “COVID-19 is still very much with us and the vaccine is your best protection against it.
“We strongly recommend that everyone gets the vaccine when offered it, particularly as we have seen a sharp increase in the number of cases in Tayside. It is also very important for people to get both doses of the vaccine for maximum protection.
“We know there are a variety of reasons why people do not attend their appointment and the vaccination team continues to closely monitor attendance at appointments. They are also developing options for alternative ways to deliver clinics to ensure that as many people in Tayside are able to take up the offer of vaccination when it is offered.
“We are asking anyone who is unable to attend their appointment to reschedule it for a more suitable date and time. This will ensure that appointments are not wasted and can be offered to other people. There is information in all booking letters about how to change appointments through the national booking system. You can also call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
“One of the reasons we believe people are not attending is that they are no longer at the address registered with their GP. Invitation letters are being sent to the address people have registered with their GP practice so it’s really important that people keep their details up-to-date.”