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Grampian pharmacies to take on travel vaccination role

By Alan Beresford

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AS travel restrictions continue to relax, there is a change to the way vaccines for overseas travel are offered.

A number of local pharmacies across Grampian are now first port of call for travel vaccinations.
A number of local pharmacies across Grampian are now first port of call for travel vaccinations.

Instead of making an appointment with their GP, people will be able to arrange travel vaccinations at one of 35 community pharmacies across the Grampian region.

The change is part of a wider national programme which sees vaccinations move away from GPs and which has already seen the creation of dedicated ‘flu vaccine clinics.

Sarah Buchan, Pharmaceutical Services Improvement and Development Manager, said: “We are delighted to be working with the community pharmacy network in Grampian to offer this service.

"Citizens requiring vaccinations to travel overseas will be able to make an appointment at any of the participating pharmacies and receive their vaccines. Their medical records will be fully updated to reflect the vaccinations administered.”

Chair of Community Pharmacy Grampian Nicol Baird added: “It is great to see so many pharmacies signed up to be part of this scheme.

"We operate at the heart of local communities and, whether people are travelling for work or leisure, we will be able to ensure they stay healthy while doing so.”

Details on which community pharmacies are participating in the scheme are available on https://www.grampianvax.com/travel-vaccination/

In the Buckie area, Cullen pharmacy is participating in the scheme.

The following travel vaccinations are free on the NHS in Scotland: Diphtheria, polio and tetanus (combined booster); hepatitis A; typhoid; cholera.

Vaccinations which will likely have to be paid for: Yellow fever; Japanese encephalitis; tick-borne encephalitis; rabies; malaria tablets.

Additionally, it may be necessary to pay for hepatitis B, meningitis and tuberculosis (TB) vaccinations if they are only required for travel purposes.

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