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News | 30th October 2020
 

Flu vaccine campaign for over 65s is on target

Eligible patients will receive a letter soon for an appointment

 
 
 

THE biggest flu vaccination campaign undertaken in Dumfries and Galloway is progressing to schedule.

A report by NHS Dumfries & Galloway says almost two-thirds of the population will be offered free flu vaccinations.

Letters giving dates and locations to receive a scheduled vaccination are still going out in batches, in line with the planned programme.

Dr Nigel Calvert, consultant in public health medicine, said: “I’m pleased to say the biggest flu vaccination campaign that’s been done in the region is on schedule. 

“Eight teams continue to work through a schedule of rotating locations to deliver vaccinations.

“Just under 100,000 people are eligible to receive flu vaccinations and the scale of this, together with the ongoing issue of COVID-19, has led to this approach.

“A number of people have been in touch to say they haven’t yet received their letters.

“We’d like to assure them that everyone eligible to receive a flu vaccination will get a letter setting out details of their appointment.

“This letter will arrive in good time before the appointment and with an opportunity for people to get in touch.”

In line with Scottish government directions, the vaccination programme is being held over 12 weeks, concluding on December 31.

Delivery to pre-school children and primary school children is on schedule and being delivered without any issue.

For adults, the priority is to deliver first to the over 65s, many of whom will have multiple at-risk medical conditions.

“This is at week four and it’s expected that all participating over 65s will receive their vaccinations within the next three weeks.

After this will be the under 65 cohort with at-risk medical conditions and many of them will receive their letters shortly as the over 65s are completed.”

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases in Dumfries and Galloway in the seven days up to October 25 totalled 100, down by 19 compared with the previous seven days.

The seven-day rate per 100,000 population was 67.2 compared with 79.9 in the previous week.

In Langholm and Eskdale there between one and four cases, putting the area in the 50 to 74 category of the seven-day rate per 100,000 population.

In the Scottish Borders there were 45 cases over the same period and in Denholm and Hermitage there were no cases.

 
 
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