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Apart from patients who are not available for vaccination, for example currently in hospital, all patients over the age of 70 and all patients on the shielding list have been offered vaccination, we believe, and if wishing it, have been vaccinated. If any of the few patients who declined vaccination change their mind or wish to discuss this further please contact the surgery. We are now very keen to hear from patients aged over 65 or who are shielding who feel they might have been missed.
Currently (28th February) 45% of patients aged over 18 registered with the practice have had their first Covid Vaccination and 2% have had their second dose. Over 95% of all patients aged over 65 have had a first vaccination.
We expect to receive second Covid vaccines for those patients vaccinated by the practice, starting 22nd March 2021. Patients should receive their second vaccine between 9 and 12 weeks after their first dose.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran will directly arrange vaccinations for most adults aged under 80. People will be invited to NHS vaccination centres by letter, prioritised mainly by age. Full details should be available on the NHS Ayrshire and Arran website or by phoning 0800 030 8013 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. We believe our patients will receive appointments in Drongan community centre (beside the primary school) or in Ayr, Mauchline or Kilmarnock.
If you are unable to get to a vaccination centre once you get your appointment through please phone the number on your letter to advise the Health Board you are unable to attend. Please then contact the surgery and we will make alternative arrangements.
To make sure you will be called we would suggest ensuring the practice have up to date contact details - you can update details here or if you can't be bothered with the form attach them to your next repeat medication slip.
Flu vaccinations are available for ALL adults aged 60 and over and for ELIGIBLE patients with chronic conditions or who are carers who are aged under 60.
Appointments are currently available each day.
Originally the Scottish Government planned to eventually offer flu vaccination to anyone aged over 50. This plan has now been scrapped. The reason for this is simple - lockdown has been much more successful in preventing flu than in preventing Covid and there is almost no circulating flu in Scotland. We have the lowest flu rates since 1888. A note of caution however - there was a flu pandemic in 1889-1890 just after the good year and we still strongly recommend next winter's flu vaccine when it comes. We have already seen concern that next year could be worse than normal for flu as no one is getting flu this year and developing protective immunity so flu could circulate more easily in early 2022.
Appointments for flu immunisation are also available at Tarbolton Pharmacy. Pre-booking may be required, just phone 01292 541207 or ask when collecting your prescription.
(Site updated 28/02/2021)