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Public urged to get 'boosted by the bells'

People in Forfar and district are being urged to get ‘boosted by the bells’ to help address the continuing spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.

By
Mark Dowie
Wednesday, 29th December 2021, 7:00am
Public urged to get 'boosted by the bells'
There is still time to book an appointment, or walk in at a vaccination centre, for a Covid booster jab. NHS Tayside is urging everyone who has not yet received one to do so as soon as possible.

NHS Tayside is encouraging members of the public to book a booster appointment or go along to a drop-in session before the New Year.

Lynne Hamilton, public health vaccination programme director, said: “We have already delivered around 220,000 Covid boosters so far, which is a great effort from all the teams involved in the programme and all those who have rolled up their sleeves so far.

“Our vaccination teams are continuing to work hard to deliver the booster programme and we have made more appointments available to help people get their jabs as early as possible.

“We want everyone to get the extra protection offered by the booster this winter so please make sure you book an appointment or come along to a drop-in clinic as soon as you can.”

Anyone over 18, or over 16 in an at-risk group, can have their booster 12 weeks after their second dose.

There are appointments available until Hogmanay so if you are eligible, book now at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or call 0800 030 8013.

Drop-in sessions will also continue to run over the festive period for boosters, as well as first doses for over 12s and second doses for over 18s.

The health authority is also asking that if anyone has a January appointment booked already, that they consider rescheduling for December or attending a drop in as this will help to give them the protection they need, as early as possible.

Covid cases have increased over the first part of the Christmas period, with the highest daily number since the start of the pandemic.

Festive drop-in opening hours in Forfar and other Angus vaccination centres: Reid Hall, Forfar, Arbroath Community Centre and Montrose Town Hall – Friday, December & Monday, January 3, Tuesday, January 4, 10am-2pm; Wednesday December 29, Thursday, December 30, 10am-6pm.

Details of drop-in sessions over the rest of the festive period can be found at www.vaccinationtayside.scot.nhs.uk.

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