COVID-19 vaccination programme to be undertaken in the Scottish Borders

It has been announced today that the Pfizer/BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 5:02 pm

The news has been welcomed by NHS Borders who is planning to undertake the COVID vaccination programme in the Borders.

This work is being co-ordinated locally by a dedicated COVID Vaccination group and it is anticipated that the first vaccination appointments will be offered to NHS Borders staff who provide direct patient care from Tuesday 8 December.

In the meantime the healthboard will continue to develop plans to ensure that the members of the community who are most at risk will be offered the vaccine as soon as it can.

Speaking about the programme, Nicky Berry, Director of Nursing and Operations said: “Today’s news is really exciting and means that if all goes to plan, next week we will start vaccinating the first of 15,000 people who will be eligible to receive the Covid vaccine in Wave 1, which is focussed on health and social care workers, care home workers, older adults who are resident in a care home and those aged 80 and over.

“Each person will receive two doses, given 21-28 days apart.

“This means that over 30,000 vaccination appointments will be required; the co-ordination of which is a huge undertaking.

“We therefore ask that the public remain patient. Our staff have and will continue to work incredibly hard to ensure that everyone has to opportunity to be vaccinated as soon as possible, in line with the national delivery programme.

“We will provide more information about future waves, including details on the locations at which the vaccination clinics will take place in due course as this information becomes available.”