NHS Lanarkshire is delivering flu vaccinations to everybody who’s eligible this yr – greater than 300,000 individuals.
The teams in a position to get the jab are children aged two-to-five not but at school; everybody aged underneath 65 in danger; individuals aged 65 and over; anybody who has been shielding from coronavirus, and members of their households; and 55 to 64-year-olds who are usually not in any other case eligible, if vaccine provides permit later within the programme.
Pregnant girls will obtain their vaccine from their midwife and first college youngsters will obtain it at college.
Dr Linda Findlay, medical director, for the well being board mentioned: “The dimensions of the programme and the necessity to observe bodily distancing implies that clinics should be held in massive neighborhood venues.
“We count on there to be a excessive demand for this yr’s vaccine and want to thank everybody upfront for his or her persistence with this new method of delivering this essential vaccine.”
Individuals eligible for the flu vaccination will obtain an invitation with an allotted appointment at a area people vaccination clinic.
If this appointment isn’t appropriate, they’re requested to name the quantity on their invite to reschedule.
Invitations shall be despatched in batches to ensure the service can address the demand; individuals might obtain invitations on a unique date than standard, however are assured they may obtain one.
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Appointments should be allotted this yr because of the sheer variety of individuals to be vaccinated.
There shall be no drop-in clinics because the well being board must handle the variety of individuals at every clinic to make sure bodily distancing.
Dr Findlay added: “This yr, greater than ever, it is necessary that you simply obtain your flu vaccine if you’re eligible.
“Flu is critical and with Covid-19 nonetheless circulating in the neighborhood, all of us must play our half to maintain ourselves as wholesome as doable over the winter months.
“Receiving the vaccine will assist defend you, your family members and the NHS.”
For extra data on the supply of the native flu programme, go to www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/flu.