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NHS Highland reminds Ross-shire residents that it is never too late to get vaccinated against Covid-19

By Ian Duncan

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Dr Tim Allison the NHS Highland director of public health.
Dr Tim Allison the NHS Highland director of public health.

NHS Highland is encouraging the immunosuppressed and the severely immunosuppressed to come forward for their Covid-19 vaccination if they have not already done so.

Your best protection against coronavirus is the vaccine and it is strongly recommended you get the vaccine when offered it – yet in NHS Highland the uptake of the vaccine amongst this group is quite low.

Dr Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS Highland, said: “Throughout the pandemic, Covid-19 has disproportionately affected those in older age groups, residents in care homes for older adults, and those with certain underlying health conditions, particularly those who are immunosuppressed.

“Wherever possible, our aim has been to ensure those who are immunosuppressed are offered the dose they are eligible for at the earliest opportunity with the minimum recommended gap between doses to ensure maximum protection from the virus. Yet we know there are still a number in that group who have yet to come forward for vaccination.

“The vaccine should reduce the risk to you if you do catch Covid-19 and it should also help reduce the risk of you being admitted to hospital. I would encourage all those who are immunosuppressed and the severely immunosuppressed to please come forward and receive their vaccination.”

Vaccine clinics are still being held in a number of locations across NHS Highland. Full details, including whether you need to book or can just drop-in, are available on the NHS Scotland website.

You can also contact the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.

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