New service delivering COVID vaccines by bus set to launch in Lanarkshire

A bus delivering mobile COVID vaccines to rural parts of Lanarkshire is set to hit the road next week.

The drop-in service is in an effort to reach areas where residents have struggled to get to a vaccination centre.

NHS Lanarkshire has teamed up with the Scottish Ambulance Service to delivers jabs to areas in Lesmahagow, Moodiesburn, Allanton and Douglas.

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The bus will also offer COVID booster doses of the vaccine as well as flu vaccinations, whilst ensuring locals yet to have their first or second dose of the coronavirus vaccine are attended to.

Tom Elrick, vaccination programme manager for the region, told Lanarkshire Live: “The mobile vaccination unit will help us to reach parts of the community who may have struggled to get to one of our vaccination centres.

“The bus will offer the booster and flu vaccinations, as well as first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine for anyone still to be vaccinated.

“You don’t need an appointment, you can just drop-in as long as you are eligible. For those requiring a COVID-19 booster it needs to be at least six months since your second dose.”

The mobile clinic will run from 9am to 5pm on the following days:

  • Monday, November 1, Auchlochan Retirement Village, New Trows Road, Lesmahagow, ML11 0GH
  • Tuesday, November 2, Auchlochan Retirement Village, New Trows Road, Lesmahagow, ML11 0GH
  • Wednesday, November 3, Moodiesburn Co-op, 19 Blackwoods Crescent, Moodiesburn, G69 0EN
  • Thursday, November 4, Allanton Church, Allanton, ML7 5AL
  • Friday, November 5, St Brides Centre, Braehead, Douglas, ML11 0QA

To check if you are eligible for a booster visit, you can check on NHS inform here.

First doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available to everyone over the age of 12 and second doses are available to anyone over the age of 18 who has waited at least eight weeks since their first dose.

Appointments for COVID-19 booster and flu vaccinations have been issued to those aged over 70 and those aged over 16 who were previously shielding.

These appointments will take place in the 10 vaccination centres across Lanarkshire.

To help people access the vaccination centre at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, NHS Lanarkshire have worked with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) to provide a bus service from Motherwell town centre to the vaccination centre.

The 341 service runs every 30 minutes at a subsidised cost of £1.50 single or £2.50 return for adults and £0.80 single or £1.30 return for children.

See here for the full timetable.

For more information on the local roll-out of the COVID booster and flu vaccination programmes visit the NHS Lanarkshire website.

Daily Record – Motherwell