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Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine national roll-out progresses

By David Porter

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Many more people will receive the first dose of the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus vaccine in GP practices and community vaccination centres across Scotland from tomorrow (Monday).

The vaccine, approved for use in the UK by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) on December 30, has already been administered in primary care settings in NHS Tayside, Lothian, Orkney and Highland.

First doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine will now start to be administered in GP practices and community centres across the rest of Scotland including the north-east this week.

Scotland has an allocation of 533,640 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine in January.

Those aged 80 years and over will be invited to attend for vaccination by their local NHS Board or GP practice via a letter or by phone.

Jeane Freeman
Jeane Freeman

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “The delivery of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is a major development for the biggest vaccination programme we have ever delivered.

"I would like to thank everyone involved for their continued efforts to ensure the pace of the programme continues.

"Next week I will update parliament with further logistical detail of the vaccination programme.

“We have over 1100 vaccination sites, including over 750 GP practices with a growing core of over 3000 trained vaccinators to deliver the vaccine. "When it is your turn to be vaccinated you will be contacted by your local health board and I urge you to please take up the offer.

"Please do not contact your GP but wait for your letter or phone call.

"And please remember that when the time comes for your second dose, it is crucial you get it as this is vital for longer term protection and to complete the course.

“As ever, we are dependent on the vaccine supply and we continue to explore all possible options to speed up the delivery of all vaccine and bring forward timescales where possible.

“This work, alongside our expanded testing strategy, rigorously complying with restrictions where we live and adhering to the public health guidance, is essential to protect those most at risk and minimise further impact on the NHS and social care services.”

In information published on Friday the following were listed as locations-

Chalmers Hospital, Banff

Fraserburgh Community Hospital

Peterhead Community Hospital

Turriff Community Hospital

Inverurie Community Hospital

Insch War Memorial Hospital

Jubilee Hospital, Huntly

Glen'o'Dee Hospital, Banchory

Aboyne Community Hospital

Kincardine Community Hospital

The following medical practices were also listed -

Macduff medical practice.

An Caoran medical practice (Aberchirder).

Finlayson Street practice.

Central Buchan medical practice.

Saltoun surgery.

Crimond medical centre.

Cruden medical group.

Mintlaw group practice.

Peterhead health centre.

Fyvie-Oldmeldrum medical group.

Turriff medical practice.

Alford medical practice.

Strathdon medical centre.

Ellon group practice.

Haddo medical group.

Insch medical practice.

Inverurie medical group.

Kemnay medical group.

Bydand medical group.

Skene medical group.

Aboyne health centre incl. Tarland.

Ballater clinic.

Braemar health clinic.

Torphins medical practice.

Banchory medical practice.

Portlethen medical centre.

Stonehaven medical group.

Auchenblae medical centre.

Inverbervie medical group.

Laurencekirk medical group.

Ardach health centre.

Seafield & Cullen medical group.

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