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  • Update from NHS Fife on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout

    Created: 08/01/2021, Updated: 12/01/2021

    On 06 January 2021, NHS Fife provided an update on its website about the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine:

    "In line with the delivery of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine to community settings and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) priority guidance, we will begin to contact people to arrange vaccination appointments from next week.

    Initially all 54 GP practices will be contacting those over the age of 80 by letter or telephone when vaccine becomes available to them.  A vaccine appointment is considered essential travel.  As getting this vaccination to everyone in Fife is a significant undertaking, it is important that people do not contact the health board or their local GP practice.  We will get to you, and in the meantime, we ask for your patience.  The pace of the roll out will be dependent on vaccine supply, which will be phased nationally.

    Most practices in Fife will commence vaccination w/c 11 January. It is important everyone waits to be contacted to allow GP practices and hospitals to focus on delivering care.

    For general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, people can visit NHS Inform, or phone 0800 030 8013 (available 8.00am to 8.00pm, seven days a week). It will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via this helpline."

    Important information for frontline health and social care workers

    Currently, those who are being vaccinated in the first wave of the vaccine roll out includes residents in a care homes for older adults and their carers, people aged 80 and over and frontline health and social care workers. 

    We know there are third sector organisations in Fife who have staff or volunteers that may fall into the frontline health and social care worker category. If you believe that your staff or volunteers do fall into this category and have not yet received any notice or information about receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, please e-mail us your details at [email protected] and we will help clarify whether your staff or volunteers should receive the vaccine in this initial rollout.

    This health care worker toolkit and social care worker toolkit includes important resources to be shared amongst these groups before and after they receive their vaccine.

    COVID-19 vaccine helpful resources

    Find out more information about the vaccine in this Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 leaflet (easy read version). Read this leaflet to find out what to expect after you receive the vaccine.

    If you are a person who is currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or you are currently breastfeeding, NHS Scotland asks that you read this guidance leaflet before receiving the vaccine.

    Visit NHS Inform for detailed information about each approved vaccine (both AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine) - as well as the ingredients of each vaccine and what to do if you have a history of serious allergic reactions to food, an identified drug or vaccine, or an insect sting.

    COVD-19 vaccine social media assets can be shared and downloaded here.



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