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The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Western Isles is well under way says the area’s health board, with those whose lives are most at risk from the virus being prioritised in the first phase of the vaccination programme.
Prioritisation is guided by the expert independent Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) to make sure those most at risk are vaccinated first.
Currently in the Western Isles, vaccinations have taken place in older adult care homes – residents and staff – and across the Western Isles for over 80s who are long stay patients in hospital and ‘red pathway’ frontline NHS staff – those more likely to have contact with patients with Covid-19.
Wider groups of patient-facing health and social care staff are currently being offered vaccination.
NHS Western Isles has stated the next stage of the vaccination programme is planning for the arrangement of clinics for the next eligible group – those aged over 80.
If you are aged over 80, you will shortly be contacted by telephone to arrange an appointment at a venue near you for your Covid vaccination.
Within this particular priority group, those in Stornoway, Uist and Barra will be contacted first, and those in other areas of the Western Isles aged over 80 will be contacted over the coming weeks.
NHS Western Isles has stressed individuals will not be offered a preference of vaccine, unless there is a legitimate reason for this, such as allergies.
The health board also says that, following the review of the clinical evidence in relation to both the AstraZeneca and Pfizer BioNTech vaccines, the JCVI has recommended that first doses of vaccine are prioritised for as many people as possible on the Phase 1 JCVI priority list, in advance of second doses, to provide longer term protection.
NHS Western Isles is therefore scheduling second vaccine doses in the twelfth week post the first dose.
The priority groups are outlined below, in order. If you fall within one of these groups, you will be contacted over the coming weeks/months to invite you for vaccination.
1. Residents and workers in care homes for older people.
2. All those 80 years of age and over – Starting for logistical reasons with long-term hospital inpatients who are over 80.
2. Patient facing, frontline healthcare workers.
2. Non-clinical but patient facing staff in secondary or primary care/community healthcare settings.
2. Laboratory and pathology staff.
2. Social care staff directly involved in the care of their service users and others involved directly in delivering social care such that they and vulnerable patients/clients are at increased risk of exposure.
3. All those 75 years of age and over.
4. All those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals.
5. All those 65 years of age and over.
6. All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality.
6. Unpaid carers, including all adult carers and young carers aged 16 to 18.
7. All those 60 years of age and over.
8. All those 55 years of age and over.
9. All those 50 years of age and over.
Scottish Ambulance Service paramedic D A MacInnes, who recently became one of the first people on Uist to receive the Covid-19 vaccination, receives the jab from NHS Western Isles Occupational Health Nurse Marion Campbell.
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