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NHS Tayside has vaccinated a third of adults within the health board area, totalling 117,000 people.
This milestone marks NHS Tayside as the top performing board on the Scottish mainland in terms of the number of people vaccinated.
Dr Daniel Chandler, Associate Director of Public Health with NHS Tayside, said, “Our vaccination teams are working extremely hard to deliver this programme and this is reflected in the significant number of people being vaccinated in just 10 weeks.
“Staff are making thousands of calls to book people into appointments every day and I would like to thank everyone who is supporting the programme in GP practices and community clinics across Tayside.
“We would also like to thank everyone for their patience and ask that people do not contact their GP with enquiries about getting the vaccine unless they are in the over-70 and shielding groups.
“It’s really encouraging to see so many people coming forward for vaccination and we hope this continues as we move through the programme. Getting vaccinated is key to helping us beat the virus so I would urge everyone to get the vaccination when they get the call.”
That means everyone aged over 70, and people classed as ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ should now have been offered a COVID-19 vaccination.
Almost 90% of people in Tayside aged 70-79, or shielding, have been vaccinated, people in this group who haven’t been contacted should get in touch with their GP.
Now, nearly 70% of people aged between 65-69 have also had their vaccination as NHS Tayside continues to roll out the vaccine.
Dr Daniel Chandler added: “For those who have been vaccinated, please remember it takes two-three weeks for the vaccine to provide protection and it is not known whether it stops you spreading the virus to others.
“We all need to continue to stick to the rules and help stop the spread in our communities.”