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Clinics for Patients aged 80 and over

We are delighted to say that we hope to soon be in a position to start vaccinating all of our patients aged 80 and over. We are currently awaiting our first delivery of the vaccine.

We will receive our supply of vaccines in small batches over the weeks ahead. We will make contact to book a vaccination appointment according to the number of vaccines we receive. We plan to contact the most elderly on our list first by telephone and invite you in to the practice for an appointment.

It is of note that the vaccine comes in a multi-dose vial which must be disposed of hours after it is first used. Unfortunately, this means there will be no flexibility when we can offer the vaccine.  It may be necessary to defer your appointment until the next clinic should there be any dubiety re your ability to attend the appointment being offered.  

Patients will be given two doses 12 weeks apart and the practice will also contact you to arrange the second dose. Only one appointment will be given initially.

Patients should be aware that some may experience side effects which for most will be mild and self limiting. These include: Tenderness, swelling or redness at the injection site, headache, muscle ache, feeling tired and fever (temperature above 37.8 °C)

These are of course much less severe than COVID 19 infection and disease.  The vaccine cannot give you COVID 19

The first vaccine offers you good protection 2 – 3 weeks after it is administered. The second dose promotes longer term immunity and it is important to return for this.

It is important to note that no vaccine is 100% effective and you must continue to follow national guidance.

Nursing Home and Housebound patients

Nursing and Care Home patients are currently being immunised by community nurses and arrangements will be made for our housebound patients to be immunised by a community Nurse too. We will of course be in touch as soon as we hear when this will be following completion of the programme for Nursing Homes.

Patients aged 79 and under

Lothian Health Board will be in contact with patients in the following order of priority to offer them an appointment to attend one of the vaccination centres that are being set up in due course. It is anticipated that an online system will be available to alter the appointment should this prove necessary.

  • All patients 75 years of age and over
  • All patients 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • Al patients 65 years of age and over
  • All patients aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • All those 60 years of age and over
  • All those 55 years of age and over
  • All those 50 years of age and over

We will continue to update our website and will be in contact with our patients aged 80 and over as soon as is possible. Further information on the vaccination programme will also continue to be updated on www.nhsinform.scot.