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Covid-19 Spring boosters to be rolled-out in Badenoch and Strathspey

By Gavin Musgrove

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Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland Director of Public Health. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland Director of Public Health. Picture: James Mackenzie.

All residents in the strath and wider NHS HIghland are aged over 75 or those who are immunosuppressed are being invited for their spring booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that everyone in these groups should receive their jag 24 weeks after their initial booster.

Residents across NHS Highland will be invited to attend via letter by NHS Scotland – with the correspondence arriving in blue envelope.

Health chiefs have said their initial focus is on those at the greatest risk of Covid-19 infection including those living in care homes.

There is no need to contact NHS Highland or local GP practices although people will be able to change their appointment date if required.

Dr Tim Allison, NHS Highland’s Director of Public Health, said: “Vaccinations remain the best way for us to protect ourselves and our families from Covid-19.

“Covid-19 infection may be more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system, and the protection from the vaccine may be lower and wear off more quickly in these people.

“The spring booster dose is being offered as a precaution to those at high risk of Covid-19 infection.

“I would encourage everyone who is invited for a spring booster dose to attend their appointment and help to increase their level of protection against Covid-19.”

NHS Highland is using a range of locations across the Highland Council area and Argyll and Bute Council area, including mobile units to maximise the opportunities for people to attend for their vaccine.

Health chiefs said they will provide updates on the NHS Highland website on locations of clinics as they become available.

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