The Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway for those aged 80 and over.

NHS Borders are aiming to complete the programme in a matter of weeks with those aged 80 and over vaccinated by a team of Community Vaccinators comprising of District Nurses and local GPs. They are asking for continued patience as there will be variation throughout the Borders as practices receive vaccine supplies and administer them to their local community.

“Director of Nursing and Operations at NHS Borders, and Executive Lead for the Covid-19 Vaccine Programme, Nicky Berry said: “We are really pleased that we are now in a position to commence vaccinating those aged 80 and over. I would like to thank all staff who continue to work hard to ensure we are able to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible, including our local GPs and District Nurses for their collaboration in helping us deliver the programme.”

Peebles GP, Tim Young said: “We are delighted to have started vaccinating those aged over 80 in our GP practices. The ability to vaccinate those who are elderly in the community is a huge step forward. We are really keen to get going with this to protect those who are most at risk and vulnerable as quickly as possible. The vaccination programme is a huge undertaking which has seen a huge amount of work from many Health and Social Care colleagues that must be recognised and praised.”

Peebles resident, Beryl Seal said: “I feel so relieved to have received the vaccine today. I had no concerns about getting vaccinated, it wasn’t sore and was no problem at all.”

89 year old Peebles resident Beryl Seal who was vaccinated at Hay Lodge Health Centre earlier today

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