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Second doses offered to all eligible adults

Published: 12 Sep 2021 00:01

Missed appointments can be rearranged as programme continues.

Scotland’s largest ever vaccination programme will complete second doses for all over 18s who have attended their scheduled appointments by close of play on Sunday 12 September.

Some of those eligible have rearranged their appointment for health or work reasons and will get their second dose shortly. Vaccination Clinics will remain open and anyone who has not yet received their vaccination, for whatever reason is reminded that it is never too late to get vaccinated and is urged to go to a local drop-in clinic or go to NHS Inform to book a convenient appointment.

The second dose of the vaccine offers greater and longer lasting protection and can be given from eight weeks after the first, either at a drop-in clinic or by requesting an appointment through the NHS Inform website.

Evidence shows that after two doses the vaccines are more than 90% effective against hospital admissions from the effects of the virus.

Students from the UK and abroad are included in the national programme and are encouraged to come forward for vaccination regardless of whether they require their first, second or both doses.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said:

“Today is a significant day because every single adult in Scotland has now been given the opportunity to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. I want to pass on my thanks to all those who have helped make this possible – from the scientists who developed the vaccine, to the hard-working staff delivering the programme on the ground. I also want to thank everyone who has taken up their offer of a vaccine, and rolled up their sleeves to help tackle coronavirus.

“To all those who haven’t yet had their second doses, please don’t leave the job half done.  Even if the time since the first dose is more than eight weeks, people can still be vaccinated and I encourage them to come forward.

“We have made getting a vaccination easier than ever – head to one of the drop-in clinics being offered across the country or, if you prefer, book an appointment online at NHS Inform. Please check your NHS board’s social media posts for the latest information on where you can attend.

“Students heading to university or college from anywhere in the UK or abroad are reminded they too are urged to take up this offer if it’s relevant to them – indeed, in addition to drop-in clinics around the country, mobile vaccination units are visiting several further education campuses.

“Recent increases in case numbers mean it remains crucial everyone who is offered a vaccination takes up the invitation.”

BACKGROUND

Rearrange a vaccination appointment

Information on drop-in clinics