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Pitlochry’s Community Vaccination Centre Opens

Pitlochry’s community vaccination centre is open and is treating locals with the vaccine after what NHS Tayside is calling a ‘Herculean’ effort.

GP’s are phoning up the over 65’s to arrange appointments at the centres, whereas most over 70s are being asked to visit their local practice.

So far NHS Tayside has vaccinated over 100,000 people across the health board’s area, totalling a third of the eligible population.

NHS Tayside Chief Executive, Grant Archibald said, “I would like to thank our vaccination teams who have worked tirelessly, even through the recent wintry weather, and put in a Herculean effort to reach this impressive milestone.

“This is the biggest logistical challenge the NHS has ever faced and I am proud to say that our teams, working in partnership with our volunteers, GPs, local authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships have yet again risen to that challenge, delivering this programme efficiently and at pace.

“I would also like to thank the people of Tayside who have come out in all weathers in huge numbers to be vaccinated. It is so encouraging to see our communities very keen to get the jab, helping to protect themselves and our essential services.

Now Tayside has given out 11.5% of all vaccinations in Scotland, placing the team third of all mainland Boards in the country for delivery of the jab.

One local who was vaccinated in Pitlochry said: “I am very happy to receive my vaccination in a local centre.”

However, there was some confusion over where exactly the vaccine is being given out in Pitlochry.

Some locals mistook the instruction to attend the Atholl Leisure Centre, ran by Live Active Leisure, with the Atholl Centre who offer a range of community services.

The vaccination is in fact being given out at the Atholl Leisure Centre, more colloquially known as the Pitlochry Leisure Centre, on West Moulin Road.

Mr Archibald added: “Our vaccination team is working incredibly hard to book people into appointments across Tayside every single day with over 30,000 vaccinations given this week alone and thousands of appointments being made every day.

“Getting vaccinated is key to helping us beat the virus so I would encourage everyone to take up the offer of a vaccination when they get the call.”  

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