Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

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First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday.

The clinic in Arbroath is one of many additional walk-in and pop-up facilities operating across the mainland to encourage people to get Jagged in July, and Mr Yousaf urged anyone who is yet to take up their offer of a vaccine for whatever reason to come forward now.

No appointment is necessary at drop-in clinics, and people can attend whether they are due their first dose or a second if eight weeks have passed. Anyone who wishes to book an appointment can do so at NHS Inform.

Welcoming the visit, Graeme said:

I was pleased to see the Health Secretary visit Arbroath today, to see the incredible efforts of our vaccination teams here in Angus.

This drop-in clinic and others like it across the country are now a key part of the vaccine rollout, where you can attend without an appointment if eight weeks have passed since your first vaccine or you have yet to receive that.

I have also been pleased to see high levels of uptake here in Tayside thus far, with two-thirds of the population now fully vaccinated.

I would encourage younger people here in Angus to come forward for vaccination to boost that figure to where it needs to be so that we stop the spread and truly move out of this pandemic.

Mr Yousaf said:

I am pleased to see people making use of the vaccination clinic in Arbroath, and urge others to do the same at their local drop-in venues if they haven’t yet come forward to be vaccinated.

Getting vaccinated has never been easier. Simply head to a drop-in or pop-up clinic – the most up-to-date details of clinics near you can be found on your local NHS board’s social media posts – or book an appointment online in a location which suits.

The vaccination programme is working – evidence shows vaccination is weakening the link between case numbers and severe acute illness. However, case numbers are still high and vaccination continues to be the best way to protect yourself and those around you.

We are currently working through the final group on the JCVI priority list – those aged between 18 and 29 – and we know that the extra drop-in clinics being operated by mainland health boards until Sunday make it easier for them to fit getting vaccinated into their busy lives. Walk-ins will still be available after this week, but now is the time to take advantage of all the additional facilities on offer.

I want to thank all those involved in setting up these clinics and, of course, everyone involved in the national vaccination programme. It has been a huge success and without doubt, represents our best way out of the pandemic.

NHS Tayside Director of Public Health, Dr Emma Fletcher, said:

Drop-in vaccination clinics are running at venues right across Tayside to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated. No appointment is necessary and anyone over 18 can drop-in.

So far, uptake of vaccinations in Tayside has been very good. We have delivered over 532,500 vaccines in Tayside with 300,000 people – 86% of the adult population – having one dose, and around 232,500 people – 66% –having had both doses. But we need that uptake to be higher to stop the spread of the virus.

We know that getting both doses of the vaccine offers maximum protection against the virus, and we are particularly encouraging people aged 18-29 to come forward as early as they can. So if you have not yet had your first jab, or you are longer than eight weeks from your first jab and are due your second jab, come along to your nearest clinic and we will get you vaccinated.