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

    Created: 08/01/2021, Updated: 26/01/2021

    COVID-19 community vaccination clinics in Fife

    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.

    COVID-19 vaccination rollout update

    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).

    Important information for 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 at this moment in time.

    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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