HEALTH MATTERS: IMPORTANT UPDATE – YOUR COVID VACCINE AND THE RIGHT NUMBER TO CALL

By Lucy Ashton

In the past day or so the local health board have received lots of calls from members of the public looking for information on how to arrange the second dose of their vaccine.

Unfortunately, the number people are calling is incorrect, so they would like to make sure you have the right information.

If you are looking for information about your second appointment please visit NHS Inform. If you no longer have your first appointment letter, please use the ‘recover username’ option when asked to do so.

 Work is ongoing to reduce the wait for a second appointment from 12 to eight weeks, and they hope to be able to offer this shorter timescale by the middle of June.

If you are over 30 years old and looking for your first appointment please call the National Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If you are aged between 18 and 29 years, please register to receive your vaccine by visiting register.vacs.nhs.scot.

Remember, getting the vaccine is the best way to help beat the virus and get the country back to normal, so we would strongly encourage everyone who receives an invitation to go along to their appointment, or if you are aged between 18 and 29 to register for your first dose.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and LibDem leader Willie Rennie.

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie during Topical Questions has today at Holyrood asked the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for answers  on the Government’s plans for vaccine passports after trials revealed that the government’s plans are riddled with security flaws.

Mr Rennie said: “When I asked the FM about vaccine passports last year, she said she did not favour them.  Without even a debate in parliament or a public consultation the government is pressing ahead. 

“There is no clarity on how these will work, what they will be used for and for how long. It seems like  the government is making it up as it goes along.

“It took five minutes for a junior researcher to identify a major security flaw in the vaccination status letter. The public deserves to know whether the system has been properly tested. We cannot expect foreign government to trust it if we don’t.”

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