Online booking system for running encore jabs

An online reservation system for booster injections is available for people aged 40 and over.

Appointments are available at the Gilbertson Park Vaccination Center starting Monday.

16 and 17 year olds can also book their Covid vaccines this way.

People eligible for the flu vaccine (people over 50 or in an “at risk” category) will also be offered booster shots at the same appointment.

Alternate Public Health Consultant Dr Dermot Gorman said: “Using the national portal
is a change for Shetland as so far Covid vaccine appointments have been
organized by telephone either directly with the health centers or through the
vaccination team.

“The national online reservation system works well on the continent and with approximately
3,000 additional Shetlanders in the 40-49 age group now eligible for Covid
booster now is the right time to adopt it here.

“This should give people more flexibility to make an appointment that suits them and it will streamline the vaccination process.

“People will still be able to contact the local vaccination team directly by phone or email if necessary.

“Vaccine uptake in Shetland has been excellent, with some of the highest rates of
Scotland in all age groups.

“We hope this new online appointment scheduling feature helps everyone maintain these encouraging vaccination numbers.”

To book a vaccination appointment online, visit: https://vacs.nhs.scot/.

Appointments can also be made through the National Immunization Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

NHS Shetland says anyone over the age of 49 who has not yet been invited for their recall can also now make a reservation.

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