Dr Katie Stewart, Consultant Anaesthetist at NHS Borders

NHS Borders is encouraging people across the region to be patient as vaccination of those responsible for administering the COVID-19 vaccine gets underway today.

Following the vaccination of vaccinators, the programme will then follow the independent advice received from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), which recommends prioritising those with the greatest clinical need – residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, all those aged over 80, and frontline health and social care workers. The vaccine needs to be stored at well below freezing point, meaning logistics around delivery to care homes are more challenging and are currently under consideration. Everyone being vaccinated will need two doses, 28 days apart.

Dr Katie Stewart, Consultant Anaesthetist at NHS Borders and one of the first staff members in the Borders to be vaccinated said: “The Pfizer Covid vaccine is fantastic news. After a very long hard year looking after patients with Covid and staying apart to protect each other, we finally have something to celebrate. The new vaccination has been tested on over 43,000 people around the world so I am truly delighted to be one of the first people in the Scottish Borders to receive one.”

For further information on the COVID-19 vaccination programme visit www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine