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Covid Vaccination Exemption Certificates

Important Notice

GPs and their teams cannot issue vaccination exemption certificates.

Further information on the vaccination exemption certificates scheme, including information on safe vaccination and routes to obtain an exemption can be found on the Scottish Government and NHS Inform websites.

Alternatively you can phone the free NHS Covid helpline on:
0808 196 8565

Dr Gregor Smith
Chief Medical Officer

Flu Vaccinations & Covid Boosters

  • Earlier this week the Scottish Government announced that Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be offered to frontline health & social care staff, those aged 50 and over and those with underlying health conditions putting them at greater risk.
  • The booster programme will run alongside our biggest ever flu vaccination programme.
  • The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) is clear that both of these programmes are important for individual and public health, especially over winter 2021/22. So, wherever possible, eligible people will be offered Covid-19 and flu vaccines together.
  • Covid-19 booster vaccinations will be offered to the same groups who were prioritised in Winter and Spring 2020/21, and JCVI have advised that at least 24 weeks should have passed since receiving the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, before a booster is administered.
  • The way that all vaccinations are delivered in the Borders has changed. Vaccinations will now be administered by NHS Borders in community clinics instead of by individual GP practices. Some vaccinations may still be administered in a practice building by NHS Borders staff. Those who are housebound will continue to get their vaccination at home and care home residents will get their vaccination in their care home setting. Please do not contact your GP practice to book your appointment as they will not be able to book it for you.
  • Our vaccination teams will start offering Covid-19 booster and flu vaccinations to care home residents and staff from 24 September. They will then offer vaccinations to those eligible who are housebound from 4 October.
  • Those aged 70 years and over and adults aged 16 years and over who are on the highest risk list (previously known as the shielding list) will receive their appointment details by post (blue envelope) for their Covid-19 and flu vaccination soon.
  • People on the highest risk list who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their last Covid-19 vaccination will be offered a third primary dose instead of a booster.
  • Other eligible groups, including those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions, adult carers, unpaid and young carers, adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals and all adults over 50 will be able to book their appointment online from October.

Text Messages & Appointment Reminders

We are now up and running with text message appointment confirmations and reminders.  We may also use this service for health promotion and practice news including e.g. flu vaccination campaigns at appropriate times.  Consent forms will be available from reception when you next attend the health centre or complete the online form on the text messaging page.

Please keep mobile numbers up to date with the practice.

 

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