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Grantown school organises Covid vaccination session for pupils


By Gavin Musgrove

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Headteacher Claire McGonigal is delighted school has been able to assist older pupils to get the Covid vaccination.
Headteacher Claire McGonigal is delighted school has been able to assist older pupils to get the Covid vaccination.

The first Covid vaccination clinics are being held at a school in Badenoch and Strathspey to ensure older pupils are better protected from the virus.

Grantown Grammar School arranged the two sessions because of the long and involved journeys students faced to get themselves vaccinated especially if they required to use public transport.

They are thought to be the first to be organised by any secondary school in the Highlands for their pupils' benefit.

Headteacher Claire McGonigal said: "The clinics are for 16 and 17 year old pupils who haven’t managed to get up to Smithton for the drop in clinics.

"The first one took place yesterday and the next one is tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Mrs McGonigal explained: "The journey to Smithton in Inverness involves four buses which makes it quite problematic for some pupils.

"We are hugely grateful to NHS Highland for agreeing to our request to have a clinic in the school and organising them.

"We also need to say a big thank you to Helen Gordon at Lloyds Pharmacy for coming into school and administering the vaccines to our pupils.

"We’ve had very positive feedback from both pupils, and their parents, who are thankful that they have had the vaccine at last.

"With the continuing increase of Covid in the Highlands and Scotland, it’s great to know that almost all of our S5 and S6 pupils are now protected against the worst effects of covid.

"It’s such a big step forwards in getting back to normality in school and the community which is what everyone wants."


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