Over 65s urged to make themselves known to ensure they receive Covid-19 vaccine

A call has been issued for anyone aged 65 and above who has yet to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination to get in touch via the national website and helpline.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 10:54 am
To date, a total of 64,412 first dose vaccinations have been delivered within Dumfries and Galloway

It comes as the vaccination programme in Dumfries and Galloway once again quickens its pace, thanks to the increased availability of national vaccine stocks.

And good progress is being made in the region, with work complete on second dose vaccinations for care home residents and staff – helping to provide them with a greater and longer lasting degree of defence against the coronavirus.

Valerie White, Interim Director of Public Health, said: “An increased national availability of vaccine stocks allows us to increase pace once again on our vaccination programme – which has been continuing to make good progress.

“Over the last couple of weeks second dose vaccinations have been provided in all older adult care homes in Dumfries and Galloway – helping to provide further protection to staff and residents.

“Second dose vaccinations continue to be rolled out to front line health and social care staff, and very shortly will begin for those aged over 80 as we once again move through the cohorts in the order identified by the Scottish Government.

“It really is important that everyone takes up the opportunity of their second dose vaccination when it is offered. It provides extra training to the body’s own natural defences, and helps ensure the resulting protection is longer lasting.”

To date, a total of 64,412 first dose vaccinations have been delivered within Dumfries and Galloway.

However, should anyone aged 65 and above not yet who have received an invitation to be vaccinated should make themselves known.

Ms White said: “A great deal of work has been taking place to get the vaccinations rolled out as quickly as possible.

“This vaccination provides you with protection as an individual, but being surrounded by lots of people who have been vaccinated helps limit transmission – protecting the wider community as a whole."