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NHS Fife update on Covid-19 booster vaccination programme
NHS Fife has provided the below update on the Covid-19 booster vaccination programme in Fife:
The First Minister outlined the scale of the challenge that the highly transmissible new Omicron variant presents as case numbers grow exponentially and threaten our NHS. In addition to measures such as new Covid household isolation guidance, advice to defer work Christmas parties until next year, and the continued encouragement of regular lateral flow testing before going out, Health Boards have also received instruction from the Scottish Government to further accelerate our vaccination programmes. The main requirements include:
Increasing capacity for booked vaccination appointments with immediate effect.
Maintaining an accessible and agile drop-in vaccination model for those aged 40+ and other priority groups.
Making arrangements ahead of the extension of online booking eligibility to those aged 30-39 on Tuesday 14 December (now open)
Making arrangements ahead of the extension of online booking eligibility to those aged 18-29 on Monday 20 December
Preparing for booster vaccinations being imminently offered to those who are severely immunosuppressed and previously had a third primary dose twelve weeks ago.
Visit NHS Inform for more information. Anyone in earlier groups who missed their vaccination can book an appointment by calling the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013 which is open from 08:00 - 20:00, 7 days a week.
Work has already begun on implementing these updates in the most effective way and further details about the local campaign will be made available to the public in the coming days. Elsewhere, NHS Fife is pleased that over 90% of the local 50+ population have now taken up the option of the booster, whilst letters encouraging appointment booking for those aged 40+ started going out this week. Vaccination of our local housebound population is also due to completed by the end of next week and NHS Fife is using social media to target 16–17-year-olds who received their first dose but have so far not taken up the option of a second, despite being eligible.
Drop-in child flu clinics
NHS Fife is providing a series of drop-in flu vaccination clinics for children aged 2-5, as well as secondary school pupils who missed their vaccination at school. The vaccine is offered as a pain-free nasal spray. The clinics, which begin tomorrow and run across next week, can be found here.
Booster drop-in clinics
All confirmed drop-in clinics, including opening times and criteria, are listed here.