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Milestone reached in covid-19 vaccination programme

Published: Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Milestone reached in covid-19 vaccination programme

One of our many vaccination teams working in our community vaccination centres.

NHS Lanarkshire has reached and surpassed the milestone of 100,000 local people receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr Mark Russell, Lead for the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Lanarkshire, said: “We reached this significant milestone on Friday and this has increased over the weekend to more than 120,000. This means that more than 20% of the local adult population have received their first dose.

“While the programme hasn’t been without its challenges, I would like to thank our staff for their continued hard work in rolling out the largest ever vaccination programme. We are currently vaccinating everyone aged over 65. We are on course to finish these groups by late February.”

All appointments for everyone aged 65 and over and for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable have been scheduled by the national system and the letters have been posted. We ask that you are patient and wait on your letter arriving. However, there are some exceptions. These are:

  • People aged over 80 and people who are aged over 80 and housebound

We worked with colleagues in GP practices to vaccinate this group. If you are in this age group and have not received your vaccination, please contact your GP practice. Staff will then pass on your details.

  • People who are housebound and aged under 80

You will automatically receive an appointment at a large vaccination clinic. Please call the number on your letter and let them know that you are housebound. Staff will take your details and pass them on.

When you attend your appointment, please remember to:

  • bring your appointment letter with you;
  • arrive as close to your appointment time as possible to avoid queues building up;
  • wear a face covering for the entire duration of your appointment (unless you are medically exempt); and
  • follow the signs and directions from staff once you arrive at the vaccination centre.

Dr Russell added: “We are vaccinating people as quickly and as safely as possible. However, it will take time, so we are asking you to be patient and wait to be contacted. Once you are vaccinated it takes two to three weeks to provide protection, so we all still need to stick to the national FACTS guidance.”

More information is available at www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine and www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine