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Winter vaccination programme begins – and NHS Highland urges people to get their Covid-19 and flu jags when invited to get them

By Philip Murray

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THE winter flu and Covid-19 vaccination programme is already under way, and NHS Highland bosses have urged people to get their jags when invited for them.

Frontline health and social care workers and those aged 65 and over are among the first to be invited for their vaccines.

And as of today (August 22), the booking portal at nhsinform.scot/wintervaccines will be available to frontline health and social care workers to book appointments for their Covid-19 and flu shots.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS Highland, said: “We are vaccinating some health and social care workers against Covid-19 to protect the most vulnerable patients. Those who don’t have face-to-face contact with vulnerable patients do not need a Covid-19 vaccine at this time.

“It’s vital that you take up the offer of vaccination – it protects you and those you support against serious Covid-19 infection.”

Members of the public aged over 65 will be contacted directly by letter with a scheduled appointment for their Covid-19 and flu vaccination.

Dr Allison said: “We anticipate that letters for the over 65s will be with you shortly and the first clinics will take place mid-September.

“If you’re eligible for both the Covid-19 and flu vaccine this winter, they will be given at the same time where possible. Getting both together is safe and will deliver maximum protection over the winter months.

“If you are unable to attend your vaccination appointment please cancel and reschedule. This will allow us to offer the appointment to someone else.”

More information on winter vaccines can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines.

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