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Immunosuppressed in NHS Highland area urged to come forward for Covid jab


By Alan Hendry

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Dr Tim Allison, the director of public health at NHS Highland: 'Our aim has been to ensure those who are immunosuppressed are offered the dose they are eligible for at the earliest opportunity.'
Dr Tim Allison, the director of public health at NHS Highland: 'Our aim has been to ensure those who are immunosuppressed are offered the dose they are eligible for at the earliest opportunity.'

NHS Highland is urging the immunosuppressed and severely immunosuppressed to come forward for their Covid jab if they have not already done so.

The health board says the vaccine offers the best protection against coronavirus, yet uptake among this group is "quite low" within the NHS Highland area.

Dr Tim Allison, the director of public health, said: “Throughout the pandemic, Covid-19 has disproportionately affected those in older age groups, residents in care homes for older adults, and those with certain underlying health conditions, particularly those who are immunosuppressed.

“Wherever possible, our aim has been to ensure those who are immunosuppressed are offered the dose they are eligible for at the earliest opportunity with the minimum recommended gap between doses to ensure maximum protection from the virus. Yet we know there are still a number in that group who have yet to come forward for vaccination.

“The vaccine should reduce the risk to you if you do catch Covid-19 and it should also help reduce the risk of you being admitted to hospital. I would encourage all those who are immunosuppressed and the severely immunosuppressed to please come forward and receive their vaccination.”

Vaccine clinics are still being held in a number of locations across NHS Highland. Full details, including whether you need to book or can just drop in, are available on the NHS Highland website.

People can also contact the national vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.


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