NHS Tayside top for boosters as programme moves to next stage

NHS Tayside is the top performing mainland Board in Scotland for COVID booster uptake in the over-50s with more than half having received their booster or third dose. 
The next stage of the programme will see the launch of the national online booking portal on Monday, 15 November for those aged 50-59, and over 16s who are unpaid carers or live with someone who is immunosuppressed.   
Latest programme update 
•    Vaccination teams are currently giving boosters, third doses for those who are severely immunosuppressed and flu jabs to over 60s and people aged over 16 with an underlying health condition.   

•    Anyone in these groups who is six months or more since their second dose and hasn’t yet received an appointment can contact the local team at tay.c19vaxlocalenquiries@nhs.scot or call 01382 423108 for advice. 

•    The national online booking portal will open on Monday, 15 November for those aged 50-59, and over 16s who are unpaid carers or live with someone who is immunosuppressed.   

•    If you are in one of these groups please ensure you have your vaccination username which was in your first two appointment letters. If you don’t know your username you can recover it at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking.  

•    Those who can’t book online will be able to book through the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 from Monday, 15 November. 

•    Drop-ins will continue for anyone over 12 to get their first COVID vaccine or over 18 for a second dose. 
NHS Tayside Associate Director for Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “Our vaccination teams have been working exceptionally hard to deliver thousands of vaccinations in community vaccination centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and patient’s homes.   
“So far they have delivered more than 110,000 COVID boosters and third doses which is almost 55% of over-50s and puts NHS Tayside top of all mainland Boards in Scotland for this group. Teams have also given more than 110,000 flu jabs to eligible children and adults, and we’re on track to offer everyone who is eligible their booster and flu vaccinations by mid-December as planned. 
“We are currently delivering around 40,000 vaccinations per week across Tayside and will soon be moving on to the final group in this part of the programme: 50 to 59-year-olds, unpaid carers and people living with someone who is immunosuppressed. 
“People in these groups will be able to book an appointment at a time and place that suits them through the national booking system, either online or over the phone and we would encourage everyone who is eligible to book their appointments when they can.” 
For more information on the vaccination programme in Tayside, including drop-in clinics for first and second COVID vaccines, please visit www.vaccinationtayside.scot.nhs.uk or @NHSTayside on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.