Roll-out of COVID booster and flu jabs

NHS Tayside is moving into the next phase of its vaccination programme with 60 to 69-year-olds and people aged 16 and over with an underlying health condition now being invited for their jabs.  

Letters are being issued and will begin to arrive over the next week for people in these next priority groups to attend for their COVID booster and flu vaccination appointments at their local community vaccination centre.  

Associate Director of Public Health Dr Daniel Chandler said, “So far in Tayside we have delivered more than 136,000 COVID boosters, flu jabs and third doses for people who are severely immunosuppressed.  This is in addition to the 626,000 first and second COVID vaccines given since the beginning of the programme in December 2020.  

“Our teams will be delivering more than 600,000 COVID and flu vaccinations between September and December, in community vaccination centres, hospitals, GP surgeries, care homes and patient’s homes. That’s an average of around 40,000 vaccinations per week across Tayside.   

“We are making great progress in immunising those who are most at risk and thank everyone for their patience as we work our way through the priority groups.  Everyone who is eligible will be offered a vaccination when it is their turn, so please don’t worry if you haven’t had an invite yet.  

“Remember COVID boosters can only be given a minimum of six months since your second dose so you will be invited once you approach this date.”  

Here is an update on the arrangements for the current and next groups to be invited for vaccination:

60-69s and over-16s with a health condition  

  • Appointment letters are being issued and blue envelopes will be delivered this week and next for these groups. 
  • Vaccinations will take place at local community vaccination centres and both the COVID booster and flu vaccines will be given at the same appointment if you are eligible. 
  • This is safe and effective and will reduce the need to attend twice.

Over-70s and clinically extremely vulnerable  

  • All appointment letters have now been issued for people in these groups who are due their COVID boosters (e.g. at least six months since second dose).
  • Appointment letters will continue to be issued for people in these groups once they approach the date their booster is due.
  • Anyone in these groups who is six months or more since their second dose and has not received a blue envelope should contact tay.c19vaxlocalenquiries@nhs.scot or call 01382 423108 and our local team will be able to assist.
  • Flu vaccinations are being carried out by GP practices. Anyone who has not had their flu jab at their GP yet can have this at their COVID booster appointment if they prefer.

Severely immunosuppressed

  • Third dose COVID appointment letters continue to be issued for this group for appointments at community vaccination centres.
  • Flu vaccinations are being carried out by GP practices. Anyone who has not had their flu jab at their GP yet can have this at their COVID vaccine appointment if they prefer.

Housebound patients  

  • Those who are housebound will be called directly by our vaccination teams to arrange a suitable time for a home visit.
  • Both the COVID booster and flu vaccines will be given at the same appointment if eligible. 
  • COVID boosters can only be given a minimum of six months since the second dose so housebound patients are not yet due a booster will contacted as they approach six months.

50-59s, unpaid carers and household contacts of immunosuppressed  

  • The online portal for 50-59s, unpaid carers and household contacts of immunosuppressed will open for booking COVID boosters and flu jabs in mid-November.  

Health and social care workers  

  • NHS Tayside staff and frontline social care workers can book an appointment for vaccination at www.nhsinform.scot/HSCWvaccination  
  • Those staff who require a flu vaccination only can get their jab at a local pharmacy. All appointments at pharmacies must be booked in advance and staff should take their ID badge. Please note pharmacies cannot give COVID boosters. Visit www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk for a list of participating
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