Covid-19 Vaccinations – Spring 2024

Spring vaccine
Spring vaccine

Covid-19 Vaccinations – Spring - updated 25 March 2024

Everyone who’s eligible will now start to receive their COVID-19 spring vaccine invitation as their level of protection may have faded since their last dose. COVID-19 is more serious in older adults and in people with certain health conditions.

For these reasons, a spring dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is being offered to:

• residents in care homes for older adults

• adults aged 75 years and over on 30 June 2024 (i.e. born on or before 30 June 1949)

• people aged 6 months and over (by 31 March 2024) with a weakened immune system.

 

The Vaccination Clinic is currently being held at Montfied in Burgh Road but is due to move back to Grantfield in April. We will provide more information shortly.

You can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

Find out if you're eligible here - Spring coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine | NHS inform

 

 

 

 

 

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Walk-in are clinics available tomorrow and Saturday at the Grantfield Vaccination Centre before the clinics are temporarily moved to a new location from next week - updated 25/1/2024

Anyone eligible for flu or Covid vaccinations but has not yet had an appointment can head to the walk-in clinic being held tomorrow, Friday 26 January, and Saturday 27 January from 9.30am until 2.30pm.

You can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

You can check if you are eligible at www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/ 

Clinics will be held at Grantfield Vaccination Centre (this is in the Toll Clock car park, behind Bolts Garage on Friday and Saturday only. The entrance is clearly signposted, via the side door and not the SIC reception entrance).

However, from Monday 29 January, the Grantfield Vaccination Centre will be temporarily moving to Montfield in Burgh Road, Lerwick, until April due to planned renovation work.

From next week, there will be pre-appointed clinics taking place from Staff Development from Monday to Wednesday.

The entrance is signposted and a member of staff will let you in. No access is available via the care centre, dental department or any other building. See the poster for more details.

 

 

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Walk-in vaccination clinics on the following days have been cancelled due to the weather forecast - updated 15/1/2024

  • Tuesday 16 January
  • Wednesday 17 January
  • Thursday 18 January

We are contacting anyone with a pre booked appointment to reschedule to another day.

You can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

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Flu vaccination walk-in clinic dates - update 11/1/2024

Anyone who is eligible for a flu vaccination but has not yet had an appointment can attend one of these walk-in clinics or contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

You can check if you are eligible on https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu

Clinics will be at Grantfield Vaccination Centre (this is in the Toll Clock car park, behind Bolts Garage. The entrance is clearly signposted, via the side door and NOT the SIC reception entrance).

Tuesday 16 January - 9.30am – 2pm 

Wednesday 17 January - 9.30am – 2pm

Thursday 18 January - 9.30am – 2pm

Friday 19 January - 9.30am – 2pm

Saturday 20 January - 9.30am – 4pm

Any children who have not yet had their flu vaccines can attend on Saturday 20 January either as a walk-in or you can contact us to book a time.

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Flu and Covid Vaccination Programme 2023 – update 14/12/23

People eligible for covid and flu vaccines this year are still coming forward to have their vaccines so we have added more walk-in clinics for the week before Christmas.

Clinics will be at Grantfield Vaccination Centre (this is in the Toll Clock car park, behind Bolts Garage). The entrance is clearly signposted, via the side door and not the SIC reception entrance.

Monday 18th December 9am-3pm

Tuesday 19th December 9am to 2pm

Wednesday 20th December 9am-2pm

Thursday 21st December 9am-4.30pm - cancelled 

Friday 22nd December 9am – 1pm

Anyone who is eligible for Covid and /or flu vaccination but has not yet got an appointment can attend one of these walk-in clinics or can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

Any preschool or school age children requiring their winter vaccines can attend one of these sessions.

Any students who are eligible for covid and /or flu vaccination, and who are returning to Shetland for the holidays can attend any of these clinics or contact us to arrange an appointment.

For further information, please see https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/

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Walk-in clinics are now being held for anyone eligible for Covid and flu vaccines this winter - update 5 December 

Clinics will be at the Grantfield Vaccination Centre (this is in the Toll Clock car park, behind Bolts Garage. The entrance is clearly signposted, via the side door and not the SIC reception entrance).

Tuesday 5 December 12pm-6pm

Wednesday 6 December 10am-4pm

Thursday 7 December 12pm-6pm

Friday 8 December 10am-4pm

Saturday 9 December 10am-4pm (this is the last Saturday clinic before Christmas)

Monday 11 December 10am-4pm

Tuesday 12 December 12pm-6pm

Wednesday 13 December 10am-4pm

Thursday 14 December 12pm-6pm

Friday 15 December 10am-4pm

Anyone who is eligible for Covid and /or flu vaccination but has not yet got an appointment can attend one of these walk-in clinics, use the booking portal at https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines to book one at the Grantfield Vaccination Centre in Lerwick or can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

Any children requiring their winter vaccines can attend one of these sessions from Saturday 9 December onwards.

We are especially keen to encourage social care workers to attend for their flu and Covid vaccinations. If you are unable to book an appointment on the portal or attend a walk-in, please contact the vaccination team or speak to your line manager.

For further information please see  https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/

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Autumn/winter vaccination programme update - get vaccinated ahead of the festive period  - 29/11/23

The autumn/winter vaccination programme has been running since early September and will continue into December.

So far, just over 60% of people in Shetland who are eligible for a Covid vaccine booster have been vaccinated, and nearly 55% of adults and 65% of children have had their flu vaccine, meaning nearly 10,000 people have had one or both vaccines.

Everyone in Shetland who is eligible for vaccination for a clinical reason should have now been offered an appointment or the opportunity to book an appointment. Some people have had phone calls or letters with an appointment time, and others have had a letter, email, or text message informing them of how to book an appointment. Some groups, such as unpaid carers and health and social care staff, will not have received a personal invitation, but regular information has been released regarding how to get vaccinated.

Anyone who has not yet received an appointment can use the booking portal at https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines/ to book one at the Grantfield Vaccination Centre in Lerwick or can contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot

There will also be walk-in clinics during December. The first one takes place on Saturday 2 December from 9.30am-4.30pm at Grantfield in Lerwick. This is in the Toll Clock car park, behind Bolts Garage. The entrance is clearly signposted via the side door, not the SIC reception entrance. More walk-in clinics over the coming weeks will be advertised on the NHS Shetland website Vaccinations – NHS Shetland and on the NHS Shetland Facebook page.

Elaine Maguire, Vaccination Programme Team Leader, said: “If you think you are eligible for a flu and/or Covid vaccination and have not been invited or been able to make an appointment, please contact the vaccination team as above. You can also check if you are in a group that is eligible for the flu and/or Covid vaccine on the NHS Shetland website or the NHS Inform website. You can also attend a walk-in clinic to check if you are eligible and get your vaccines. Health and social care staff and school staff eligible for the flu vaccine should bring their staff ID.

“People who live on Unst, Yell or Whalsay or are registered with Hillswick can contact their own GP practice. Other people who have not had their vaccines yet and who live on the non-doctor islands, or who are unable to travel to any clinic, should contact us so that we can make suitable arrangements. The vaccination team is working with practice and community nursing teams to ensure that everyone eligible for winter vaccinations can get them.”

Dr Susan Laidlaw, Director of Public Health, said: “Although we have good uptake rates so far for the Covid and flu vaccines, amongst the highest in Scotland, there are still around 6,000 people who are eligible for flu and /or Covid vaccination who have not yet been vaccinated or booked an appointment. The vaccines do provide very good protection against severe illness and hospitalisation due to flu and Covid infections. To get the most benefit, please get your vaccinations before the Christmas holidays.

“Older people, those with underlying conditions (particularly a weakened immune system), and pregnant women are particularly at risk from serious illness, and I strongly encourage anyone in those groups to come forward for vaccination. If you are unsure about the vaccines, then please look at the information on NHS Inform, contact the vaccination team or another health professional such as your midwife, or attend a walk-in clinic to discuss further.

“It is also really important for health and social care workers and unpaid carers to get vaccinated to protect both themselves and this in turn also helps to reduce the spread of infection to the vulnerable people they care for.” 

Groups eligible for flu and Coronavirus vaccination are:

  • residents and staff in care homes for older adults
  • people aged 65 and over
  • people aged 6 months and over with a condition that places them at higher risk
  • pregnant women
  • frontline healthcare workers (including independent contractors and support staff who are patient facing in GP, dental, optometry and community pharmacy)
  • frontline social care workers
  • carers (including unpaid and young carers aged 16 and over)
  • people aged 12 or over who live with someone with a weakened immune system

Groups eligible for flu vaccination are:

  • children aged 6 months to 2 years at higher risk of flu
  • children aged 2 to 5 (and not yet in school) on 1 September 2023
  • all primary school pupils
  • all secondary school pupils
  • people aged 18 to 64 with an eligible condition
  • people aged 50 and over
  • nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil-facing support staff
  • prison population, prison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services
  • non-frontline NHS healthcare workers (including all independent contractors and support staff in GP, dental, optometry and community pharmacy)

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Vaccination programme update - 31/10/2023

We are now over half way through the Covid and flu vaccination programme and continue to have a good uptake of people opting to have both vaccines. Please see below for more information on how to get an appointment if you have received an invite letter or know you are eligible but have not had a letter. 

The main clinics are now being held at Grantfield which is in Lerwick, in the Toll Clock car park behind Bolts garage. It is not at the dental clinic on North Road - please note that the map on the booking portal has been updated.  Please use the side door, not the main entrance - it is clearly signposted. 

There is an issue with the national booking system which means that if you only get one vaccine at your scheduled appointment and then need to make another appointment, the booking portal may not let you. If you have difficulty with making an appointment, please contact the vaccination team on 01595 743319 or shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot 

There are other clinics at some of the rural health centres for people registered there - further details are on the NHS Shetland website.

Also, please note, as well that the main shingles vaccination programme for 2023-24 will be starting in January.

 

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Grantfield vaccination clinic update - 18/10/2023

Flu and Covid vaccination clinics are now being held at Grantfield (the SIC building behind Bolts garage which shares a car park with the Toll Clock Shopping Centre). If you have an appointment at the Grantfield vaccination clinic, please use the door at the left-hand side of the building that is signposted.  Please do not use the main entrance.

Please try to attend at your appointment time as the clinic is very busy. If you are too early you may be asked to leave and come back later. 

Some of the clinics have been running late due to current staff shortages but we are aiming to see everyone who is booked, rather than cancelling and rearranging if this can be avoided. 
Thank you very much to everyone attending for their patience.

For more information about the clinic and the vaccination programme, including eligibility; and booking/changing appointments, see below.

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Vaccination Programme update 27/9/23

For further information on the autumn /winter flu and Covid vaccination programme, including which groups are eligible for vaccination; patient information leaflets and a link to the online booking portal, please see NHS Inform.  Winter vaccines | NHS inform

For further information on local delivery of the programme in Shetland, please see below.

People aged 65 – 74 and those aged under 50 in at risk groups

As we move through the autumn/winter vaccination programme, people aged 65-74 and people under 65 who are in risk groups are now being invited to make appointments for their flu and Covid vaccinations. Please note that ‘at risk ‘ groups include unpaid carers and people who live in a household with someone who has a weakened immune system.

Those registered at the following GP practices will be receiving NHS Scotland letters inviting them to make an appointment (or emails / texts if already signed up for that service).

  • Bixter (under 65 at risk groups only)
  • Walls (under 65 at risk groups only)
  • Brae (aged 65-74 and the under 65 at risk groups)  
  • Lerwick (aged 65-74 and the under 65 at risk groups)  
  • Levenwick (aged 65-74 and the under 65 at risk groups)  
  • Scalloway (aged 65-74 and the under 65 at risk groups)  

We are encouraging people to make their appointments using the national booking portal, as advised in the letter.  If individuals cannot use this system, or cannot get to the appointments available, then the vaccination team can be contacted as previously (see below).

These appointments will be from mid-October at a new venue in Lerwick -  'Grantfield' -the SIC building behind Bolts garage that shares a car park with the Toll Clock Shopping Centre. There will be clear signage to the entrance of the clinic before the first appointments in mid-October.

As well as appointments in the daytime Monday to Saturday, there are also evening appointment slots on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Later on in the programme, we may be able to run ‘walk in’ sessions as previously.

The address is : Grantfield, North Road, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0NT. There is ample parking space, including disabled parking directly outside the building. There is a bus stop outside Bolts Minimarket, just a few minutes walk away. Please note that the nearest public toilets are in the Toll Clock Shopping Centre.