Christina McKelvie MSP is delighted that all adults in Scotland are to have their first coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine appointment by the end of this week (June 27th), five weeks ahead of the target of the 31st of July.
There are currently letters going out to those 18-29 year-olds who did not sign up to the self-registration portal and anyone who has not yet received their blue envelope can see the time of their vaccination online through a new appointment checker.
The new system allows people to see their appointment details in the system and enables them to reschedule if the timing or location is unsuitable.
In addition, from Monday 21 June all NHS boards will be routinely scheduling second doses eight weeks after the first to help combat the emergence of the Delta variant.
Christina McKelvie, MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse said:
“It is fantastic that we are again so close to such a significant milestone in Scotland’s fight against the Coronavirus, especially five weeks ahead of the target date.
“If anyone does not receive a letter by next week you can visit the appointment checker at NHS inform. The new system also allows you to change your appointment if the times given to you is not suitable, as well as the location which will be useful for many.
Getting the vaccine is an important way to protect yourself and others. We must not get complacent and getting the vaccine as well as testing and restrictions, will help to keep everyone we know and love safe, as well as our communities.
“Capacity has also been secured by NHS boards to bring forward all of the second doses from 12 weeks to 8 weeks which is highly important to help combat the emergence of the delta strain as we know greater protection is provided after the second dose.
“I would like to thank all of the staff who work at vaccination centres to make sure that things run smoothly, and people are vaccinated safely. Your work is appreciated by all.”