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NHS Highland 'working to arrange Covid vaccine clinics in additional locations'

By Alan Hendry

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The purpose-built mobile vaccination unit known as the ‘Jabbernaut'.
The purpose-built mobile vaccination unit known as the ‘Jabbernaut'.

NHS Highland has given an assurance that drop-in Covid-19 vaccination clinics are being arranged in different parts of the region and that secondary school locations are being taken into account.

A member of the public contacted the John O'Groat Journal and Caithness Courier to express concern that some pupils at Thurso High School had allegedly been told they would have to travel to either Inverness or Fort William for their jab.

Highland Council referred enquiries to NHS Highland, as it is delivering the vaccination programme.

A spokesperson for NHS Highland said: "Twelve to 15-year-olds can choose to attend the drop-in clinics we have arranged to date.

"However, we know locations and opening hours may not be suit everyone given the geography of Highland and we are actively working to arrange additional clinics in additional locations – information on these will follow soon.

"We are being particularly guided by the locations of high schools in our planning."

Information about the vaccination programme in the NHS Highland area can be found on its website.

The Scottish Government announced earlier this month that people aged 12-15 would be offered a Covid jab from September 20 after Scottish ministers accepted advice from the four UK chief medical officers.

It said a dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would be offered to everyone in that age group not already covered by existing advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in a move to reduce the disruption caused to education by the pandemic.

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