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Dingwall Mart Covid-19 jag session hailed a hit as NHS Highland coronavirus vaccine push gains momentum with more drop-ins flagged

By Alasdair Fraser

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The drop-in at Dingwall Mart may be repeated.
The drop-in at Dingwall Mart may be repeated.

A DROP-IN Covid-19 booster jab clinic in Ross-shire between Christmas and New Year has been hailed a huge success by health chiefs.

An NHS Highland spokeswoman described the event at Dingwall and Highland Mart last Wednesday as “well-attended” and praised the public for turning out in force in the fight against the latest challenges of coronavirus.

It follows a major nationwide drive across Scotland to offer a rapid roll-out of the booster programme as part of plans to curb the spread of the omicron variant, which has prompted new restrictions which came into force on Boxing Day.

While no exact figures for attendance at Dingwall Mart were available, staff at the venue reported steady streams of people attending throughout the day.

The spokeswoman said: “The response from the public, who have come forward in their thousands to be vaccinated, has been great.

“We have vaccination clinics available on the national portal across a number of areas in NHS Highland and we will also, when capacity allows, arrange drop-in clinics.

“This enables us to carry out first and second dose vaccinations as well as boosters.

“It is never too late to be vaccinated and it is heartening to see people come forward for their vaccination.

“The clinics in Ross-shire were well received and we will continue to hold these.”

A spokesman for the Dingwall facility said: "Dingwall & Highland Marts were delighted to offer our premises for Covid-19 boosters this Wednesday past.

"Hopefully further dates will be added."

Further clinics were available this week in Tain and Invergordon, with further information available on NHS Highland’s website or by calling portal local vaccination enquiry hub on 01463 705531.

The spokeswoman added: “We have clinics in Tain and Invergordon this week. Both are available to book into on the national portal and we will also be able to take drop-in appointments at the Invergordon clinic.

“There are still appointments available for clinics that are now drop-ins so we will be encouraging people to book as it saves them having to wait in a drop-in queue.”

Dates this week are:

Duthac Centre, Shandwick Street, Tain - Thursday January 6, 9 am-12 noon and 1pm-4pm

Invergordon Social Club, Castle Road, Invergordon - January 7, 9am-12.15pm and 1pm-3.30pm.

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