Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine brought forward for those aged 40 and over in NHS Tayside
People aged 40 and over in NHSTayside whose second coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment is scheduled more than eight weeks after their first are being encouraged to seek an earlier slot. They can do this by going online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccineappointments where they can also check the status of their second appointment, by calling the vaccine helpline on 0800 030 8013, or attending one of the drop-in centres.
It follows recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommending that the interval for second doses be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks - where supply allows. The national vaccination programme is already scheduling appointments to reflect the latest guidance. However, many people – particularly over 40s – have already received an invitation in line with the previous recommendation of a 12-week interval, and they are now being invited to reschedule an earlier appointment. Supplies permitting this will also apply to under 40s when their second dose appointments are due.
NHS Tayside representation advised “We’d encourage anyone aged 40 or over who has an appointment for the second dose of their COVID-19 vaccine which is more than eight weeks after their first dose, to change this online, call the helpline or attend one of our drop-in centres operating in the area. You don’t need an appointment to attend the drop-in. If you’re 40 or over and it’s been eight weeks since your first vaccine please just come along.”
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “The second dose is vital in providing greater and longer lasting protection against the virus – particularly the new Delta variant. “In the six months since vaccinations started in Scotland we have delivered first doses to more than three quarters of the adult population and second doses to more than half. We remain on track to offer the vaccine to all adults by the end of July, but the emergence of the new variant shows that we cannot be complacent. “The vaccination programme is one of the main ways – along with restrictions and testing – that we are working to beat this virus and so it is crucial that everyone attends for their appointments.”
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National vaccination helpline - 0800 030 8013 Information on drop-in clinics within NHS Tayside area available here https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/News/Article/index.htm?article=PROD_348587
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For more information about the vaccine, please visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine
Attending the Practice When attending an appointment, we ask for your co-operation in the following:
- Wear a face covering
- Attend alone where possible
- Maintain physical distancing
- Attend as near to your appointment time as possible. You may be asked to wait outside if you arrive too early. If you are late for your appointment, please call the Practice before coming in as we may need to arrange another appointment for you.
- Sanitise your hands with gel on arrival and departure (we have sanitising points at reception and in the waiting area)
DO NOT attend the Practice if you are:
- Displaying symptoms of COVID19 (cough, fever, loss of taste/smell)
- Self-isolating or in quarantine
- Awaiting a COVID test result
While many of us are eager to receive this Covid vaccine as soon as possible, we are asking that everyone is patient so that we can deliver this complex programme as effectively as possible. This will be in waves, starting with those aged 80 plus from January 2021 onwards and working down the age groups towards spring and early summer.
You will be contacted directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please wait until you are before attempting to make an appointment or turning up at the practice.
For general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery visit, NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or the NHS Inform National Helpline (not for appointments) 0800 030 8013 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm