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NHS Western Isles has developed a new Vaccination Service section on its public-facing website at www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk   

A dedicated section specific to this winter’s flu and COVID vaccination campaign is heavily featured.

This includes useful advice on how to prepare for your vaccination appointment (if eligible and when called), if you need to  reschedule or require transport support to attend your appointment, are house-bound or have a medical issue and require a home appointment, as well as what to do if you have recently tested positive for COVID-19.  

Vaccine information specific to pregnant women and those planning overseas travel is also detailed, as well as additional adult vaccine, including Pneumococcal, Shingles and Monkeypox.  Advice for adults on what to do if a vaccine was missed during childhood also features.  

Parents and carers of children are provided with a dedicated section on childhood vaccinations, as offered from babyhood through to young people aged between 11 to 24 years.  This includes vaccine information relating to the 6-in-1, MenB, Rotavirus, MMR, HPV and Meningitis ACWY.  

As from 1 April 2022 the way vaccination is delivered was changed. The new GP contract means that GPs no longer deliver any vaccinations (both children and adults) and the responsibility for this has transferred to health boards.

Local vaccinations are usually delivered at the following NHS Western Isles sites – the vaccination centre at Western Isles Hospital; the Harris Health Hub in Tarbert; Uist & Barra Hospital in Balivanich; and St Brendan's Hospital in Castlebay. 

View the Vaccination Service website (via Our Services section) at https://www.wihb.scot.nhs.uk/vaccination-services/