NHS Dumfries & Galloway

COVID-19 Vaccines

Vaccinations against COVID-19 are currently taking place within Dumfries and Galloway in the form of scheduled clinic appointments and Drop-ins.

Anyone aged 16 plus who has yet to make an appointment for a first COVID-19 vaccination, is encouraged to contact the local helpline by calling 01387 403090 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email dg.covidenquiries@nhs.scot

Transport support is available, and our local staff are happy to speak.

You can also register online by visiting www.nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration

Drop in for your COVID Vaccination

To encourage as many people as possible to have access to vaccination, NHS Dumfries and Galloway is changing the criteria for our drop-in clinics.

Drop in clinics are now open to anyone aged 16 or over who has not yet received a first dose of vaccination, and  anyone who has waited more than 8 weeks for their second dose. Anyone aged 12 to 15 and a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed,can also attend a drop-in clinic for their first dose with the Pfizer vaccine.

A full timetable is provided below.

Saturday 18th September              
Dumfries Vaccine Centre, Mountainhall TC 13:00-16:00
Waverley Med Centre, Stranraer 13:30-16:00
Charles Street Clinic, Annan 14:30-16:30

Sunday 19th September
Dumfries Vaccine Centre, Mountainhall  TC 09:30:12:30; 13:30-16:00
Charles Street Clinic, Annan   09:30:12:30; 13:30-16:00
Newton Stewart Hospital        09:15-12:30; 13:30-15:00

Monday 20th September
Charles Street Clinic, Annan   09:30-12:30; 13:30-16:30

Tuesday 21st September
Canonbie Public Hall  09:30-12:30; 13:30-15:30

Wednesday 22nd September
Sanquhar Community Centre               09:30-12:30; 13:30-15:00

Thursday 23rd September
Moffat Hospital            09:30-12:30; 13:30-15:30

Dumfries Vaccine Centre,  Mountainhall TC 09:30-12:30; 13:30-16:00

Thornhill Rehab Suite 09:30-12:30; 13:30-15:00

Saturday 25th September  
Waverley Med Centre, Stranraer        09:15-12:30; 13:30-15:30
Castle Douglas Town Hall        09:15-12:30; 13:30-15:30
 Dumfries Vaccine Centre,  Mountainhall TC  09:30-12:30; 13:30-16:00

Sunday 26th September   
Newton Stewart Hospital     11:00-15:30
Kirkcudbright Hospital              11:00-15:30

If you attend a drop-in, please be prepared that you may have to wait and prepare for the weather (rain or shine). If you are unable to wait in a queue, there are still appointments available online for both first and second doses.

All vaccination sites are well served by public transport links. For full information on available bus services, please find this information contained on the local authority website at this address.

Transport support is also available, and details can be obtained by phoning 01387 403090 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email dg.covidenquiries@nhs.scot

These contact details should also be employed by anyone requiring translation or interpretation services associated with COVID vaccination.

Scheduled (booked) appointments for 16 / 17 year olds who are immunosuppressed or are carers have been completed.  If anyone in that group has not made it to their booked appointment or has changed their mind about the vaccination and would now like to get it please contact the Local Covid Helpline on 01387 403090.

More information for 16 to 17-year-olds can be accessed here: COVID-19 vaccine information for 16 to 17-year-olds and here: What to expect after the COVID-19 vaccine for 16 to 17-year-olds

These drop-in clinics also provide an opportunity for anyone who has been required to postpone a scheduled vaccination due to self-isolation to take up the opportunity once they are in a position to do so. Alternatively, please schedule an appointment via the national and local options.

Register online at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration or contact our local team by phoning 01387 403090 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, or by emailing dg.covidenquiries@nhs.scot

VACCINATIONS FOR 12 TO 15-YEAR-OLDS

SCHOOLS will be the primary setting for vaccinations of 12 to 15-year-olds against COVID-19 in Dumfries and Galloway – as the programme expands to include this age group. 

These vaccination opportunities will take place in schools over a quick two-week period beginning September 30 – using the same well-established approach being employed to provide flu vaccinations to school-age children. 

Although vaccinations for the 12-15 age group will also be available via drop-in clinics from Monday, the school-based programme will provide a structured, fair, fast and accessible approach with minimum disruption to pupils’ education.                                    

Dr Nigel Calvert is Immunisation Co-ordinator for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, and he said: “We’ve been routinely asked about the likelihood of vaccines being offered to lower age groups.  

“Now, acting on the advice of the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers, where one represents each nation, the Scottish Government has decided to extend this offer to 12 to 15-year-olds – noting the likely benefits to health and in reducing educational disruption.” 

Uptake of vaccinations has been strong among 16 and 17-year-olds in Dumfries and Galloway, with 75.7 per cent having received a first dose compared to a national average of 59.5 per cent. 

And Dr Calvert said: “We’re expecting there’s likely to be a similar high degree of uptake in the 12 to 15-year-old age group. We’ll be looking to promote information to families in order to ensure informed consent, and are making arrangements to send out invitations for children to take up vaccination opportunities in schools over that two week period. 

“COVID vaccines are helping to prevent some of the worst effects of COVID, and to bring down cases by helping to reduce transmission.

“Younger people generally do not suffer the effects of COVID to the worst possible degree, but we do know that anyone can be affected and also the issues posed by Long COVID. 

“We also know that vaccinating helps cut down the spread of the virus, benefitting the wider community and its services. 

“We’d encourage everyone to give consideration to being vaccinated against COVID-19, which still currently represents a very significant threat to public health and the functioning of our communities. 

“If any parents or guardians would like to accompany children to their vaccination and discuss vaccination issues, we would invite them to use the drop-in centres.” 

To download and read the leaflet on COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds, please click the folllowing link:

Covid_12-17 NEW leaflet

Information on vaccinations is available through the national helpline, which can be phoned between 8 am and 8 pm seven days a week on 0800 030 8013.

COVID Vaccine Explainer

Further information

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call 0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm, 7 days a week) to find out more.

For more detailed information visit NHS Scotland Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Overview