Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of drop-in vaccination clinics opening in every mainland health board in Scotland, Maree Todd MSP (pictured) has urged all unjagged 18-39-year-olds who are overdue a first dose of the vaccine or are unable to attend their scheduled appointment, to consider attending a drop-in clinic.
MSP for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross Maree Todd said:
“As we near completion of the first round of vaccination for adults across the Highlands, I would urge anyone who has not yet had a vaccine to look into attending a drop-in vaccination clinic in their area.
“Vaccination offers us the route out of this pandemic, so it’s important that every adult gets vaccinated to protect themselves against the virus and to allow for normality to return.”
From the 5 July, NHS Highland will be running drop-in clinics in locations throughout the Highland region, including locations in Wick and Inverness.
The drop-in clinics are open to people aged 18-39 who have not yet received an appointment or for those who are unable to attend their scheduled appointment.
If supplies are as expected, by 18 July, the Scottish Government’s intention is that all adults will have had the first dose and expect to have completed second doses for all adults by the 12 September.
Commenting, Maree Todd MSP said:
“We are making good progress in the Highlands, with NHS Highland reporting 85.6% of over 18s vaccinated with their first dose and 66.5% vaccinated with their second dose. [figures as of 29 June]
“While case numbers are high in the region, it’s reassuring to see this is not translating into hospital admissions, which reflects that vaccination is reducing the harm that the virus causes.
“It’s important that we remain cautious and continue to carry out all the necessary precautions.
“Even people who are fully vaccinated can still contract and pass on COVID, often without noticing symptoms, so we must continue to carry out regular testing and practice good hygiene.”