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Remaining Priority Groups Invited for Winter Vaccinations

Over-50s in Highland Perthshire can now book their winter vaccines to help protect themselves from Covid-19 and Flu and help ease pressures on the NHS this winter.

Anyone aged between 50 and 64 can book an appointment via the NHS inform website, which allows them to select a time which suits them. Appointments can also be rescheduled online, while a national telephone helpline is available for those without internet access.

Speaking on the continued rollout Public Health Minister Maree Todd said: “Uptake continues to be encouraging showing the people of Scotland are keen to protect not just themselves, but their loved ones and the NHS. People who are vaccinated are less likely to become seriously unwell from COVID-19 or flu.

“We are working hard to ensure Scotland maintains its reputation as a leading nation for vaccine uptake – continuing the huge success of the vaccination programme since it was first rolled out in December 2020.

“The flu virus is always changing and COVID-19 protection can fade over time so I would ask everyone eligible to take up the offer of their winter vaccines so we can all stay safe over the winter months.”

So far more than 870,000 people have received their winter vaccinations, including healthcare staff, care home residents and those over the age of 65 and at high risk.

Over two million Scots will be offered both vaccines over the course of the programme which is part of the nationwide ‘Don’t let your protection fade’ campaign. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of topping up protection against these viruses.

Vaccine appointments can be rearranged or opted out of at https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/rearrange-or-opt-out-of-your-vaccination-appointment with more information available on the vaccination programme and the link to the online portal to book appointments available at https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/

Those without access to the internet can call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013.

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