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Patience plea to priority patients over Covid-19 vaccine as care homes and over-80s targeted first


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dr Jonathan Whiteside, clinical lead for critical care with NHS Highland, was the first person to be vaccinated within the NHS Highland area. The rollout of the programme is now eagerly awaited amid the latest lockdown.
Dr Jonathan Whiteside, clinical lead for critical care with NHS Highland, was the first person to be vaccinated within the NHS Highland area. The rollout of the programme is now eagerly awaited amid the latest lockdown.

OLDER and more vulnerable members of the Ross-shire community eager to receive the Covid-19 vaccine are being asked to remain patient as GPs await stocks.

This week is expected to see the start of the community vaccination of the over-80 community in the Highlands.

Most care homes will also have had patients and staff vaccinated by Friday, according to Dr Ross Jaffrey of the Safe Hands, saves life group.

Dr Jaffrey, who has patients in the Beauly and Muir of Ord areas, posted: "Please be mindful many Practices were only told about this on Thursday and is dependent on having the vaccine available - so not all are participating just yet. Look at your Practice website for more detail. Please be patient as product is arriving in small amounts at a time."

He noted that winter hospital pressures are not being caused by the usual seasonal infections, in part thanks to the success of the flu vaccination campaign which has seen 80 per cent of eligible groups vaccinated in Scotland.

He said it was also due to the masking, hand washing and social distancing being widely observed.

He said that only Covid-19 is increasing as it was already circulating and is likely to be up to three-and-a-half times more infectious compared to seasonal flu.

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