Health bosses spell out facts behind second rollout of jab
NHS Lanarkshire has spelled out exactly where it is headed with the final rollout of the vaccination process and has revealed that more than 45,000 people have received their second jab already.
And the message could not be clearer for those who are still waiting – we’re getting ready to vaccinate you for a second time and we’ll contact you directly so please come along.
Dr Mark Russell, Lead for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Lanarkshire, said: “While most of the protection is gained from the first dose, the second dose is a booster which offers longer term protection.
"It is vitally important that you receive both doses.
“The evidence suggests that people will gain more long term protection from having their second dose later, but still within 12 weeks. We are on track to achieve this.
"If someone needs to wait slightly longer than 12 weeks for their second dose - for example, if they’ve had a recent positive Covid-19 test result or for other medical reasons, there is no detriment to the person’s immunity or effectiveness of the vaccine and they will not need to repeat their first dose.”
“People aged 80 and over will receive their second dose in the same way they received their first.
"Second doses for this age group are underway. For people who received their first dose as a home visit, this will be the same for their second dose. A dedicated Housebound Vaccination Team has been set up and they will be in touch on the day they plan to visit.”
For people aged 70 to 79, they will receive an appointment at their nearest vaccination clinic. This could be at a local centre or supercentre, depending on which is closest. Clinics for this age group will start on 19 April 2021.
Initial second dose appointments for everyone aged under 70 will be at one of our supercentre For people who are unable to travel to a supercentre, they can change their appointment to a local centre.
Dr Russell added: “We have also been holding bespoke clinics for particular groups.
" These have included people with learning disabilities, those who are homeless and people who suffer from severe allergies. They have been tailored to suit the needs of these vulnerable groups.”