Local vaccination centres get ready to open across Tayside as pace ramps up

Community vaccination centres are being created in Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross as part of the next phase of NHS Tayside’s COVID-19 vaccination programme.  

Locations  

Work is underway to set up vaccination centres at:

  • Caird Hall in Dundee
  • Dewars Centre in Perth
  • Blairgowrie Town Hall
  • Atholl Leisure Centre in Pitlochry
  • Stracathro Hospital
  • Links Health Centre in Montrose
  • Arbroath Infirmary
  • Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre in Forfar
  • A former staff vaccination clinic at Kings Cross in Dundee is also now being used as a vaccination centre for members of the public.

Who is being called for vaccination?  

If you are aged 65-69:

  • You will be called to be vaccinated in one of the community clinics.  The aim is to invite everyone in this group by the middle of February.
  • You will be contacted directly by NHS Tayside to arrange an appointment with invitations starting to go out this week.

If you are aged 70-79 or clinically extremely vulnerable – that is those who were asked to shield:

  • Most in this group will be contacted by your GP and invited to come to your own practice.
  • A small number may be asked to attend a community venue in your local area. 
  • This may be Kings Cross in Dundee, Dewars Centre in Perth or Blairgowrie Town Hall.
  • These groups should also all be invited for vaccination by mid-February.

If you are housebound:

  • Housebound patients will continue to be offered vaccination in their own home, if they are unable to attend the practice.

Health and social care staff:

  • Health and social care staff who are covered by these priority groups can also get their vaccination at a staff clinic if this is more convenient for them.

Associate Director of Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “These new community vaccination centres will provide extra capacity to support our GPs in delivering the vaccine to the next priority groups across Tayside. 

“By opening these local vaccination centres we are upping the pace of the programme and it means we are able to offer vaccinations to those aged 65-69 at an earlier stage than originally planned.

“We have already vaccinated more than 51,000 people in Tayside and this is growing by the day.

“Please remember it takes two-three weeks for the vaccine to provide protection and it is not known whether it stops you spreading the virus to others.  We all need to continue to stick to the rules and help stop the spread in our communities.”

“There has been a huge amount of work by NHS Tayside’s vaccination teams in partnership with colleagues in the local authorities and the armed forces to set up these venues and we are grateful to everyone who has helped to deliver this.

“We would also like to thank everyone in Tayside for their patience as we work our way through the priority groups.  We’re asking that people do not contact their GP with enquiries about when they will receive the vaccine as practices are currently very busy making arrangements and booking appointments.

Angus Council Leader, Councillor David Fairweather said, “I am reassured that the vaccine programme in Angus can be delivered successfully via local settings, without the need for excessive travel. We continue to support a cross-Tayside approach and welcome the fact that our citizens are being well served within their local area.

“Supporting the delivery of this vaccine with our local resilience and NHS partners is rightly the top priority for Angus Council and we stand ready with alternative venues if necessary. This vaccine offers a vital lifeline for many and hope for a better future for us all and we in Angus will do all we can to support the programme.”

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