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Thursday is vaccine day in Grantown

By Tom Ramage

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NHS Highland has advised Grantown's GPs that there is vaccine available for them to run their initial Covid Vaccination Clinic and it will open up on Thursday.

The session will take place at the Craig MacLean Leisure Centre.

"This clinic will be for Priority 1 patients," the practic posted today. "That is, those aged 80 years and over.

"If your birthday is on or before March 31, 1941 you are eligible to attend.


"Patients in care homes are being vaccinated by NHS Highland at the home, so will not need to attend this clinic."

Due to the limited time available the doctors will have practice staff phone every patient eligible for the vaccine to invite them to the clinic.

"It will be a member of staff from the surgery who calls you, and the number comes up as an 0800 number ending in 393 if you have caller recognition on your phone.

"During the call you will be asked some simple questions about your current health, and you will be given a time to attend for your vaccination. These calls will take place from today."

Social distancing rules will apply.

The clinic will be very similar to the Flu clinics the GPs ran at the end of last year.

"After you get your jab you will need to wait for 15 minutes in the hall before leaving."

Information on the Covid Vaccine was sent out by the Scottish Government last week and patients should have had it in a brown envelope delivered by post.

Not all patients have access to social media and those who do are asked to share the clinic information with relatives, friends and neighbours who may not see it.

"We are very pleased that we are now able to offer the vaccine to our patients," the practice's post say, "and we will be arranging clinics for the other eligible groups as soon as we have information on when the next delivery of vaccine will be available."

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