Second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine are being brought forward four weeks by NHS Lanarkshire.
The health board has announced it will move second vaccines from 12 weeks to eight weeks, to help protect communities more quickly.
Dr Mark Russell, lead for the vaccination programme in Lanarkshire, said: “To help get ahead of any significant rise in cases of the new Covid-19 variant, we are accelerating the roll-out of our vaccination programme.
“For example, if you are due your second dose at the end of June or beginning of July, then your appointment will be brought forward to early to mid-June.
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“From June 7, the number of people attending our vaccination centres will significantly increase. At the peak, we will be administering around 60,000 doses a week – this will be a combination of first doses for the younger age groups and second doses.
“Vaccination against Covid-19 has never been more important. To help continue on our road back to normality we need to make sure as many people as possible are vaccinated. It is also important to attend for both doses, for longer lasting protection.”
As the number of people in our vaccination centres increases, NHS Lanarkshire are asking for help from members of the public to help them run as smoothly as possible.
This includes not turning up without an appointment; arriving as close to your appointment time as possible; and attending on your own (if you can).
Dr Russell added: “We need to balance how we deal with the new variant of Covid-19 while continuing with the recovery of other NHS services. Attending for your vaccination reduces your risk of serious illness from Covid-19 and therefore the impact on the NHS. We all need to play our part in getting back to the things we’ve missed.”
More information on the local vaccination programme is available at www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccine This includes dates for local centres and transport information.
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