By Harry Bell
Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has written to health chiefs at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to raise concerns about the way that elderly people are being treated during the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Several elderly people have contacted Jackie Baillie to say that the only appointment that they have been given for their boosters are a considerable distance from where they live. They are unable to get there without taking long, expensive journeys on public transport.
The health board has been unwilling to change these appointments to locations closer to home when requested to do so.
Jackie is calling for drop in vaccination centres in Dumbarton and the Vale of Leven for local people to attend for the covid booster programme.
Ms Baillie has also raised similar concerns for 12-15 year olds, many of whom are being made to make long journeys to receive their first COVID-19 vaccine.
The Scottish Government had previously suggested that the vaccinations for this age group would be provided at school.
The MSP, pictured left, said: “It is unacceptable that elderly people are not able to access their COVID-19 vaccine booster locally.
“Sending elderly, vulnerable people on long journeys, especially as the weather worsens, is completely the wrong thing to do if they want to make sure that uptake remains high.
“I urge the health board to change the appointments that have been given so that older and more vulnerable people can access their booster quickly and easily.
“There is a similar problem with vaccine appointments for 12-15 year olds. It is nonsensical that young people aren’t receiving their Covid vaccine in schools and the health board should be working with the Scottish Government and local authorities to roll out a vaccine programme for young people which is easy for them to access.”