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Covid vaccinations resume at Aviemore for three days

By Tom Ramage

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Aviemore's doctors are still hopeful of meeting their target of coronavirus vaccinations by the middle of this month, with today seeing the resumption of the programme in the village.


The surgey has always hoped to have offered a first dose vaccine by mid April to everyone who is over the age of 50, or has a health condition which puts them at increased risk, or is a carer or frontline health or care worker.

"We are still confident that we will be very close to having achieved this by mid April, but this will be dependent on supplies," a spokesperson said. But today supplies were sufficient for this week's three-day session.

It's second dozes of the Pfizer vaccine both today and tomorrow.

Friday will see the first doses of AstraZenica for those aged 16-64 At Risk who hadn’t previously had a 1st dose of Pfizer; and 55-64 year olds.

It remains to be seen if the practice has enough vaccine to complete the 50-54 year olds.

"We are now in the process of phoning patients to book them into the clinics above, and this will continue throughout next week, so please wait until you are called," the spokesperson said.

The Highlands and Argyll and Bute are slightly ahead of the national average for percentage of the population vaccinated, and over half of people in the area have now had their first vaccination.

There is no significant variation between GP practices: though some may be a little ahead at one time, others will catch up and may be slightly further forward the following week.

Patients are contacted individually about their vaccinations.

They can check the website or the Aviemore practice's FaceBook page for information rather than phoning.

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