First patients attend Covid vaccination centre in the Lewis Sports Centre

Ishbel MacAulay receiving her vaccination from NHS Western Isles Occupational Health Nurse Janet Miskovic. NO F05 Vaccination - Ishbel MacAulay and OH Nurse Janet Miskovic
Ishbel MacAulay receiving her vaccination from NHS Western Isles Occupational Health Nurse Janet Miskovic. NO F05 Vaccination - Ishbel MacAulay and OH Nurse Janet Miskovic

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Ishbel MacAulay from Lewis had the first scheduled appointment at last week’s Covid-19 mass vaccination clinic at the Lewis Sports Centre in Stornoway.

Ishbel, aged 80, is encouraging others to receive the vaccine, when invited, saying it was ‘very important’ to get it.

Around 460 people from across Lewis were invited to attend vaccination appointments at the sports centre on the first day, which was last Thursday.

It was the first clinic held by NHS Western Isles in the sports centre, and NHS Western Isles said it was grateful to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for the use of the premises and for its support in logistical arrangements.

The clinic provided appointments for those in the over-80 priority group, those aged over-75, and for a number of health and social care staff.

Vaccinations are continuing this week across the Western Isles, with additional clinics being planned in the sports centre.

Explaining that this was only the second time she had been out of her house since the original lockdown last March, Ishbel, from Sandwick in Lewis, said: ‘Because of my own health issues I was very keen to receive the vaccination.

‘I had previously weighed up the pros and cons of getting it, and decided that as Covid is not going anywhere fast, I needed to get the vaccine to help myself and my family.

‘Previously I had lived abroad for a number of years so was quite used to having various vaccinations, so felt that this was nothing to worry about.  It really is just another injection and I’m happy that I’m doing my part to try to control this pandemic.  We all need to get back to normal and getting the vaccine will help us all.’