By Lucy Ashton
The next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine programme in NHSGGC is underway, with vaccination appointments now being offered to people over the age of 45 years.
The aim is for all adults in Scotland to be vaccinated by the end of July, depending on vaccine supply. Those aged 45-49 years will be followed by the 40-44 cohort, then 30-39 and then 18-29.
Those under 30 will be offered Pfizer or Moderna vaccines in line with the latest guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
Dr Emilia Crighton, Deputy Director of Public Health for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We have made great progress in administering more than 550,000 first doses of the vaccine in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and I am hugely grateful to the vaccine delivery teams for how they have responded to this huge logistical challenge.
“Members of the public will be invited when it is their turn to get vaccinated and we ask that they please be patient as we work through the age groups.
“When you are invited forward, we would urge you to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated. You can get really ill with coronavirus at any age.
“The vaccine provides our best way out of the coronavirus pandemic and a return, in time, to the things we’ve all missed.”
Professor Emma Thomson of the University of Glasgow Virus Research, an expert in infectious diseases, who led work undertaken in Scotland to develop the COVID-19 vaccine, added: “Each vaccine passes through a three-phase testing process, reviewed by independent regulatory and advisory bodies, to ensure it is effective and safe.
“Licensed COVID-19 vaccines have passed through the same rigorous tests as all other vaccines in tens of thousands of participants who have taken part in trials around the world, and we continue to monitor for side-effects even after licensing in the millions of people who have already received the vaccine.”
Those who have been vaccinated should continue to follow FACTS as it will take time to establish the impact of the vaccines on transmission of the virus.
For more information visit nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call the COVID-19 vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.
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