Over 74,500 people have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Borders.

NHS Borders are currently vaccinating those aged 30-39. If you are in this group and you are still awaiting your first dose appointment letter, please call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 to get your appointment details as clinics have now started.

18-29 year olds can now register online or by phone before Friday 4 June, to get details of their COVID-19 vaccine appointment sent to them by email or text. Those who do not register will be sent their appointment details by letter at a later date.

Everyone under 40 years of age will receive the Pfizer vaccine in the Borders. This follow advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) that it is preferable for people under 40 with no underlying health conditions to have a vaccine other than Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Vaccination teams continue to make great progress with administering second doses. So far, over 50,000 people have had their second vaccination in the Borders. Second doses will now be given within 8 weeks of the first dose in line with the revised dosing schedule as advised by the JCVI. This will apply to those aged 18-59. All second dose appointments for those aged 60 and over were scheduled prior to this change and will remain as scheduled.

First Vaccination Information

If you are in any of the following groups and have not been invited for your first vaccination, please call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 to schedule your appointment.

· clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (those who were shielding)

· those with underlying health conditions

· everyone aged 40 and over

Second Vaccination Information
If you received your first appointment by blue envelope, had your first dose before 16 April and are still awaiting your second dose appointment letter please call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 to get your appointment details.

Up to date information about our vaccination programme is available on the NHS website

For further information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme visit: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine

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