Jackie Baillie MSP has welcomed the expansion of the seasonal flu vaccination programme in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic.
The Scottish Government is working with local health boards to expand the vaccination programme to include:
– Social care workers who provide direct care;
– Household members of those who were advised to shield; and
– All those aged 55 and over
The Scottish Government has confirmed that, depending on the vaccine supply, the programme may be extended to include 50 to 54 year olds.
There are a number of walk-in flu vaccination centres throughout the health board areas. In Dumbarton, the walk-in centre will be stationed at Alexandria and Concord Community Centres. NHS Highland has over 100 GP practices that will provide for the majority of those requiring vaccines and plans are already well advanced for these.
Jackie Baillie MSP said:
“I am pleased that the Scottish Government has listened to the calls for the need to have a robust and expanded flu vaccination programme this winter. The seasonal flu always poses a threat to many throughout our community.
“With the added threat of Covid-19, it is more important than ever that all those who may be at risk receive a vaccination.
“Whilst Helensburgh & Lomond seems to be well organised, I have had some concerns raised by people in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven about not getting through to change appointments. Please be patient as I know that health staff are working flat out to make sure that everyone gets vaccinated.
“I strongly encourage anyone who falls into the new or existing eligibility categories to access the vaccinations that they are entitled to in order to keep themselves protected this winter.”
In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the delivery channels range from community pharmacies, special walk through clinics and GP practices and are summarised below:
For NHS Highland, the health board area that covers Helensburgh and Lomond, the main focus is through local GP practices.