NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Added capacity and extra drop-in clinics added to booster bid in time for New Year

‘GET boosted before the bells’ is the message – as extra capacity and more drop-in vaccination clinics are lined up in the region before New Year’s Day.
Anyone aged over 18 who is now at least 12 weeks from their second jag is strongly encouraged to take up the opportunity to receive a booster jag, which is now known to play a key role in defending against the Omicron variant.
People are encouraged to book their slot through the national portal, or alternatively attend drop-in clinics taking place as follows:
Mountainhall Treatment Centre in Dumfries – Friday December 31, 9 am to 3pm
Waverley Medical Centre in Stranraer – Friday December 31, 9 am to 1pm
Dr Nigel Calvert is vaccination co-ordinator in Dumfries and Galloway, and he said: “Our vaccination teams have worked tirelessly for over a year now delivering COVID-19 jags, and people right across our region have been amazing in their response to the call to get their jags.
“As we approach the end of the year, we make this request – please, if you haven’t already received your booster, act now.
“More than 80 per cent of our adult population have so far opted to receive their booster, but with Omicron it’s likely only a matter of time until everyone is exposed to the virus.
“Vaccination is the best protection you can have against COVID-19, and with a huge number of people going to be exposed please do act now to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital, potentially very seriously ill. The booster maximises your protection, but it is also not too late to start your vaccination journey and do book in for first or second doses.
“Please, don’t leave yourself exposed. Book your booster, or attend a drop-in, but act now and enter 2022 best prepared for the likely surge of COVID within our region.”
NHS Dumfries and Galloway Chief Executive Jeff Ace has paid tribute to all the staff, military personnel and volunteers who have played a role in the vaccination roll-out in Dumfries and Galloway over the past year.
He said: “Honestly, what has been achieved here in Dumfries and Galloway is pretty incredible.
“As part of the national vaccine roll-out, in just over a year we’ve delivered 333,241 vaccinations and are currently leading the way as the mainland Scottish Board with the most fully vaccinated population.
“This is a great testament to the brilliant response of our amazing population who care about themselves, their loved ones and communities, but it’s also an incredible feat of planning, execution and tireless commitment by our vaccination teams.
“COVID continues to take its toll, and right now is still very much a threat. However, in years to come I’d like to think that the true value of the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken within Dumfries and Galloway will be apparent, and those who took to the front line to put jags in arms will be recognised for what they have committed to such important work.
“Right now, though, let’s all get our booster, and see in 2022 with the hope and perhaps even bit of optimism that this jag provides us both individually and collectively.
“Let’s all hope for a happy New Year.”
Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our truly fantastic vaccination team, our partner organisations who have supported us in delivery and everyone in Dumfries and Galloway for stepping up to get their jag to protect themselves and our communities. It is a privilege to work and live in such an amazing region of Scotland.”
Book your booster now using the national portal https://vacs.nhs.scot/csp, or by calling the free number 0800 030 8013.
The local helpline can handle a limited number of enquiries for anyone experiencing problems with the national system – calling 01387 403090 or emailing dg.covidenequiries@nhs.scot.
Or, attend one of the following drop-in clinics:
Mountainhall Treatment Centre in Dumfries – Friday December 31, 9 am to 3pm
Waverley Medical Centre in Stranraer – Friday December 31, 9 am to 1pm

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