By Lucy Ashton
Jackie Baillie is seeking urgent answers from NHS Highland health board following the news that some residents living in Luss and Cardross – but who are registered at an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde GP – have missed out on their COVID-19 vaccine invite.
NHS Highland is responsible for vaccinating people resident in their health board area. They have advised that their system has no way of identifying individuals who live within the NHS Highland health board but who are registered at an NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde GP and therefore invitations were not sent out.
Jackie Baillie, right, the Labour candidate for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh, was contacted by a number of residents in Luss and Cardross who were concerned that they had not received an invite despite being of eligible age. Jackie Baillie contacted NHS Highland on their behalf and only then was this issue identified.
Jackie Baillie, who has represented the are in the Scottish Parliament for more than 20 years, said: “It is unacceptable that local people are falling through the cracks and are being left unprotected because they have not been able to identify those who have registered with a GP in Dumbarton or the Vale of Leven.
“It is vitally important that everyone who is eligible for the vaccine receives it and these mistakes pose a real threat to public health.
“I have urged NHS Highland to act urgently to ensure that all eligible individuals receive a vaccination as soon as possible.”
Cardross villagers have been advised that everyone who is eligible for the vaccine receives it. Jackie Baiulloie has passed on the same advice to people in Luss (above).