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BOOKING LINK: Covid booster clinic to be held in Aviemore later this week

By Gavin Musgrove

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The Aviemore clinic will be held in the main school and leisure centre hall.
The Aviemore clinic will be held in the main school and leisure centre hall.

Patients living in the Aviemore area will be able to get their long awaited Covid booster later this week.

NHS Highland has just confirmed that a clinic will take place at the village's leisure centre on Thursday from 9am to 4pm.

A spokesman said: "Aviemore clinic is now live via the Booking Portal for December 23 from 9am to 4pm at Aviemore Leisure Centre."

A clinic had been scheduled for Saturday but was cancelled at short notice due to staffing issues leading to growing frustration for some residents having problems in getting their booster jag.

Aviemore Health Centre is not delivering the booster programme locally, having provided vaccination clinics for the first and second doses.

It has meant that most people under 50 who have not received appointments yet have had to travel to Inverness to get a booster.

Aviemore Leisure Centre is also the community hall.

Meanwhile NHS Highland revealed earlier today that it has delivered more than 170,000 booster or third dose vaccinations across the region.

Over 90 per cent of all older and vulnerable people living in the NHS Highland region are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have fully vaccinated 70 per cent of the adult population in NHS Highland who have already received two Covid-19 vaccines which is a fantastic achievement.

“I want to thank everyone who has come forward to be vaccinated as well as our incredible colleagues, volunteers and military personnel who are delivering thousands of vaccines every day across Highland, Argyll and Bute.

“We have vaccinated over 90 per cent of everyone in the 80+, 75-79 and 70-74 age groups meaning we have given the most vulnerable people in our communities the best protection in the fight against Covid-19 this winter.

“We have also exceeded 75 per cent in all categories between 55 and 69 years of age and these figures will continue to rise as we provide further clinics across our board area.”

Dr Allison continued: “The Covid-19 vaccination programme is one the biggest logistical challenges this country has ever faced.

"There have been a number of obstacles to overcome throughout the course of the programme, most recently with the emergence of the new Omicron variant.

“We are committed to delivering as many local vaccination clinics as possible across Highland, Argyll and Bute and we would encourage everyone to get their booster vaccine as soon as they are able to.

“We understand the frustration of those who have been unable to book an appointment, or those who live in areas where clinics have not yet been finalised.

"I want to reassure you that we are doing all we can to ensure you are able to get your booster vaccine as soon as possible.”

The link for bookings for the Aviemore clinic can be found here

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