The vaccination programme being rolled out across Tayside and Fife is continuing.
It’s an extremely busy period with flu and Covid booster injections being offered to the most vulnerable groups, alongside first Covid jabs to others.
But who is getting what, when will you get yours, where do you book and why are the armed forces helping out?
NHS Tayside has issued an update on the roll-out and we have the answers you’re looking for.
Covid boosters and flu jags
The Covid vaccine booster will help extend the protection you gained from your first two doses and give you longer-term protection.
- The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months (24 weeks) after your second dose.
- A booster dose is different from a third dose for people with a severely weakened immune system.
- Where eligible, people are receiving their flu and Covid boosters at the same time.
- Having both jags together is safe and effective.
People in high-risk groups, the over-70s, people in care homes and frontline health and social care workers were first to receive theirs and next up will be:
- Those aged 60 to 69.
- Adults aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions.
Their invitations for flu and Covid booster vaccinations will come through the post.
Appointments will take place at local community clinics and run throughout November.
When will I get mine?
Later this month an online portal will launch to allow people to book vaccination appointments online. This will be for:
- Those aged 50 to 59
- Unpaid carers who are 16 and over
- Those aged 16 and over who are household contacts of immuno-suppressed people
The NHS Inform site includes information and a self-help guide to let you know how to do that.
What about flu jags?
This year’s flu vaccination programme is under way and will deliver record numbers of free flu jags this year.
The people most at risk from flu have been prioritised for the vaccine and groups include primary and secondary school pupils.
You can find out more information about the roll-out, including information about child flu vaccination and how to get yours, on the NHS Inform website.
I haven’t had my Covid vaccine – how can I book?
You will still need the booster dose but the timing of it will depend on when you had your first two doses.
What are the armed forces doing?
More than 120 armed forces personnel are supporting health boards across Scotland, vaccinating members of the public.
The group is a mix of healthcare professionals, vaccinators and support staff helping 11 health boards until the beginning of December.
In Courier country:
- Fife will be supported by 10 vaccinators and two nurses.
- Tayside will be supported by 10 vaccinators and one nurse.
- Support is being provided by personnel from across the three branches fo the armed forces: Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force.