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Drop-in clinics open next week

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By Fiona Reid
Drop-in clinics open next week

A SERIES of drop in vaccination clinics are to run in the region through early December.

And anyone eligible for a winter flu or covid jab will be able to go there and get one without an appointment.

The drop in centres will open on Monday, with sessions initially daily from 9.30 am to either 3.30 pm or 4.30 pm up until December 11.

Locations will stretch from Langholm to Stranraer, with the vaccine centre at Mountainhall in Dumfries open every day.

Public health consultant Dr Nigel Calvert said: “We have had great success with the winter flu vaccination and Covid-19 booster programmes so far, but there are still some people in the region who have not yet had the vaccines they’re entitled to.

“The vaccines are available to people in care homes, their carers, NHS and social care staff, older adults and those with other health risks – so the people who are at higher risk of illness from flu and covid, and the people who look after them.

“The vaccination programme has only a few weeks more to run, and we are hoping that the drop-in clinics will allow many more people to protect themselves now that winter is almost here.

“Flu and covid can be serious, especially for older people or those with other health conditions, and it’s best to prepare before the holidays. Even if you aren’t worried about the health risks to yourself, if you catch flu or covid you could pass it on to a relative or friend who is more at risk, and they could become seriously ill.

“Vaccinations can take a couple of weeks to reach their full effect, so if you drop in to one of the clinics next week for your jags, you’ll have the best possible protection in time for Christmas.”

Sessions will take place in hospitals, clinics, village halls and car parks. The full times and locations can be found at

Meanwhile, bookings can still be taken via, or on 01387 403090.

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