NHS Ayrshire & Arran mass vaccination programme revealed

Patients across Ayrshire aged 65 to 79 will be invited to come for their COVID-19 vaccine in February as part of our local mass vaccination programme.

There will be 38 different community locations where these vaccines will be

administered, across East, North and South Ayrshire.


Letters giving details on the time and location of appointments will begin to drop from

Monday 25 January. Please do not be alarmed if you do not get your letter

immediately.


These will be arriving in Ayrshire addresses over the course of the

coming weeks. The first appointments will take place on Monday 1 February at the

Galleon Centre in Kilmarnock, the Greenwood Centre in Dreghorn and at the Citadel

in Ayr.


For a full list of the vaccination centres being set up to serve communities

around Ayrshire please visit: https://www.nhsaaa.net/media/10162/ayrshire-and-

arran-vaccine-locations.pdf


The appointments are being allocated throughout the month of February at the

vaccination centre closest to your home postcode. Details on how to reschedule your

appointment if you are unable to attend will be given on your letter.


Appointments may be Monday to Sunday between the times of 8am and 8pm.


Please remember the following when you attend for your appointment:


  • You must bring your appointment letter to be admitted to the vaccination centre.


  • Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible.


  • Wear a face covering while travelling to and from and during your

  • appointment, and remember to wash your hands regularly.


  • Do not attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms you should self-isolate and only reschedule after the self-isolation period.


Local GP practices are continuing to support the programme by administering

vaccines to those in the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) category and

housebound patients during this wave of vaccinations.


Patients in these groups should expect to be contacted by their GP practice directly with details on when in the coming weeks they will be offered their vaccination appointment.


NHS Ayrshire & Arran Chief Executive John Burns said:


“Our teams have been working round the clock to pull together all the elements of this programme which is the biggest vaccination effort the country has ever seen. The vaccine offers protection against COVID-19 and I would encourage everyone to take the

opportunity to be vaccinated when offered.


“Remember though we must still continue following the FACTS guidance to help

protect our communities from the spread of the virus - even after vaccination. I want

to thank everyone for their continued support and patience as we do our best to

protect those most vulnerable from the negative impact of coronavirus.”


Delivery of the COVID vaccination across Ayrshire and Arran is aligned to the

prioritisation schedule outlined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and

Immunisation (JCVI), and communicated by the Scottish Government.


The mass vaccination programme will continue throughout the Spring and further

into 2021. Those given their first dose will be invited to have their second dose within

the 12 week schedule set out nationally. Plans for the next cohorts to be vaccinated

include those in the at risk category with underlying health issues under the age of

65 (that would normally be offered the seasonal flu vaccine) and then everyone over

the age of 50. Information on when and where these vaccinations will take place will

be communicated in due course.

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