Vaccinations against COVID-19 are currently taking place within Dumfries and Galloway in the form of scheduled clinic appointments.
Anyone aged 16 plus who has yet to make an appointment for a first COVID-19 vaccination, or who has yet to receive a second more than eight weeks from their first, is encouraged to contact the local helpline by calling 01387 403090 between 9 am and 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also register online by visiting www.nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration
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 email@example.com
These contact details should also be employed by anyone requiring translation or interpretation services associated with COVID vaccination.
VACCINATIONS FOR 12 TO 15-YEAR-OLDS
SCHOOLS have been the primary setting for vaccinations of 12 to 15-year-olds against COVID-19 in Dumfries and Galloway – as the programme expanded to include this age group.
These vaccination opportunities took 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 were also available via drop-in clinics from Monday, the school-based programme provided 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.
“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.”
To download and read the leaflet on COVID-19 vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds, please click the following link:
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
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