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Booster jags underway in care homes

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By Fiona Reid
Booster jags underway in care homes

COVID-19 booster vaccinations are underway in care homes across Dumfries and Galloway – and set to begin being provided to over 80s along with their flu jags.

Over 80s are now receiving letters inviting them to receive their flu jags and health officials say they will also likely be offered their corona booster vaccination at the same appointment, although due to the fast-changing situation this might not be stated in the initial letters.

Immunisation co-ordinator Dr Nigel Calvert said: “I’m very pleased to say that since Monday we’ve been making speedy progress in providing third covid vaccinations to care home residents and staff.

“Vaccinations are also now currently being provided to people with weakened immune systems.

“Meanwhile, we are readying a programme to offer the provision of vaccines for 12 to 15-year-olds within schools, in a similar way to the schools flu programme, delivering this over a two-week period beginning September 30.

“Details will shortly be going out to families on this, along with information with which to help make an informed decision.”

As a result drop in clinics will be limited over the next few weeks and anyone seeking their first or second vaccine should call 01387 403090.

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