NHS Western Isles is now inviting a number of eligible groups who have not yet received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, to contact them for an appointment.
Those being invited are:
- Anyone aged 55 or over; or
- Anyone in the 16-64 at risk group (see Who is being offered the coronavirus vaccine in Scotland | The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (nhsinform.scot)) ; or
- Anyone who has been identified as ‘shielding’ aged 16 or over; or
- Unpaid carers aged 16 or over.
If you are included in one of the categories above, please contact 0808 196 8383.
The phoneline will be open until 6pm this evening (Friday March 5), and will also be open on Saturday (6th March) from 9.30am – 3.30pm.
The phone line will reopen next week (week commencing March 8), and will be available from Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 5pm.
Please note that NHS staff will be continuing to contact eligible individuals for appointments, but they wish to ensure as many people are vaccinated as possible at available clinics over the coming weeks as additional vaccine is made available.
Please do not worry if you are unable to contact them for an appointment – NHSWI will continue to contact everyone eligible for an appointment directly.
Transportation arrangements to weekend clinics
In terms of this weekend’s vaccination clinics, NHSWI are aware that some individuals with appointments may have transportation issues as a result of the current disruption to the public bus service.
They say: "We would encourage everyone eligible to consider taking the COVID vaccine, which is our best chance of bringing the current pandemic to an end. However, it is only one part of how we beat this virus and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the existing safety precautions (FACTS) and Protection Level arrangements regardless of whether or not they have had the vaccine.
"If you have been given an appointment and are unable to attend, or would like to change your appointment, we would appeal to you to let us know as soon as possible so that your appointment can be offered to someone else, and so we can reduce the risk of vaccine wastage (tel. 0808 196 8383). "