Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Spring Covid boosters in the Highlands – who can get them and where do you go?

Dr Tim Allison says the immunity of vulnerable people will be starting to wane.
Dr Tim Allison says the immunity of vulnerable people will be starting to wane.

Spring Covid-19 boosters will be rolled out to vulnerable residents in the Highlands in a few weeks.

Jabs, that offer protection against Coronavirus, will be offered to everyone living in the area over the age of 75, care home residents and those who are immune-suppressed.

Tim Allison, director of public health for NHS Highland, says the number of cases across the region remains “extremely high”.

While the majority of cases in Scotland are now believed to be the more transmissible BA. 2 variant it’s not thought to lead to more severe illness.

But Mr Allison stressed it’s important for those most at risk of falling seriously ill to be protected.

‘It’s a nasty infection we want to stop people having’

He said there’s been a rise in the number of older people, mainly over the age of 85, diagnosed with Covid which was concerning.

“The impact on care homes has been really huge in recent weeks with the majority of care homes closed to admissions because of Covid outbreaks,” he said.

“The immunity for these people is starting to wane so they’re receiving their fourth dose six months after their third.

“And it’s likely for the wider part of the population that there will be another booster programme later in the year in the autumn.

Lab research worker working with test sample.

“Even if people aren’t getting seriously ill it’s a nasty infection that we want to try to stop people from having.”

Where will you get the booster?

Letters will be sent out from the national booking team to the homes of Highland residents with information on appointments for spring boosters.

Most people will attend vaccinations centres based in their local area.

Although some residents living in island communities will be given their spring booster at their GP practice.

From Monday the new vaccination centre for Inverness residents will be based in the Eastgate shopping centre.

The service, which was previously provided at the business park at Highlander Way, will now be delivered on the first floor.

It’s moving into the area where the musculoskeletal physiotherapy team have been working since Christmas.

The new vaccination centre will continue to operate six days a week.

The Inverness vaccination centre is moving to the Eastgate Shopping Centre.

Alternative arrangements will be made for those who are housebound or living in care homes.

In an update to the health board, Mr Allison said vaccines will be given to Highland residents unable to visit their local vaccination centre in their homes.

More health news…

New aerial footage gives first glimpse of Inverness treatment centre that will help cut patient waiting times

Your thoughts on face coverings, testing and coronavirus restrictions revealed in our survey 

Anxious about Ukraine? Here’s some expert tips on coping

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]