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Update from NHS Fife on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout
Created: 08/01/2021, Updated: 26/01/2021
NHS Fife has confirmed that a network of venues across Fife will host community COVID-19 vaccination clinics over the coming months.
Since autumn, NHS Fife has been assessing a wide range of potential venues in the Kingdom for their suitability to host COVID-19 vaccinations clinics. This involved considering the accessibility of the potential venues, the safe and appropriate storage of vaccine supplies, clinical waste disposal and whether safe physical distancing requirements could be met.
A total of twelve venues have been confirmed as community vaccination sites:-
Parkgate Community Centre, Rosyth
East End Park, Dunfermline
Dunfermline East Church
The Lochgelly Centre
Templehall Community Centre, Kirkcaldy
Randolph Wemyss Memorial Hospital, Buckhaven
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
Cupar Corn Exchange
East Neuk Centre, Anstruther
The Larick Centre, Tayport
St Andrews Community Hospital
Tayside Institute Community Centre, Newburgh
These community vaccination clinics will open on a phased basis, with the first site offering appointments on 01 February 2021. Vaccination at the clinics will be by appointment only, with patients sent letters by order of their priority group as laid out in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) guidance.
An additional site in West Fife is also planned, with the venue due to be confirmed in the coming days.
NHS Fife has stated on its website that significant progress has been made since the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Fife began in December 2020, with 11,500 healthcare and social care staff, more than 2,500 care home residents and just under 3,000 care home staff vaccinated so far.
Fife residents aged 80 and over were the next priority group to begin vaccination. GP practices across Fife have been vaccinating those aged 80 and over for just under two weeks and it is expected that all in this group will be offered vaccination at their local practice by early February.
In line with the Scottish Government COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment Plan, people aged 75-79 will be in the next priority group to begin vaccination and will asked to attend one of the newly established community clinics rather than their GP practice. The vaccination of those aged 75-79 will be phased over a number of weeks with appointment letters beginning to arrive for some from next week (week beginning Monday 01 February 2021).
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 at this moment in time.
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.
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