Angus vaccination centres to relocate as pace of programme ramps up in Tayside

The community vaccination centres in Arbroath, Forfar and Montrose are relocating to larger venues to allow NHS Tayside to carry out more vaccinations and increase the pace of the programme.

From Monday, 7 June, the vaccination centres will relocate to Arbroath Community Centre, Reid Hall in Forfar and Montrose Town Hall. The vaccination clinic at Stracathro Hospital will continue.

In line with the latest national guidance, NHS Tayside is currently reviewing its clinic schedules to bring forward second doses and offer appointments to anyone in the first priority groups who has not yet had a first dose. This is in addition to inviting those in the final age groups for their first vaccination.

As more outpatient appointments are now taking place, there is less available space at Arbroath Infirmary, Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre and Links Health Centre. NHS Tayside has worked closely with Angus Council and Voluntary Action Angus to identify and set up these alternative venues which can accommodate the increased number of vaccinations.

Anyone who is offered an appointment from Monday, 7 June will receive their vaccination at one of the new sites. Details of which venue to attend will be on your appointment letter.

NHS Tayside COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Director Lynne Hamilton said, “There has been a huge amount of work done by colleagues in NHS Tayside, Angus Council and Voluntary Action Angus and I very grateful to everyone who has pulled together to get these venues up and running in such a short space of time.

“Having these larger venues will allow us to accelerate the pace of the vaccination programme and offer more appointments for both first and second doses to help get the people of Tayside vaccinated as early as possible.

“Anyone in the first priority groups – over 50s, shielding, those with certain underlying health conditions or unpaid carers – who hasn’t had a first vaccination can contact us directly at tay.c19vaxlocalenquiries@nhs.scot or 01382 423108 to arrange an appointment. There is also a national missed invitation online portal at https://invitations.vacs.nhs.scot where people can request an appointment through the national team.

“We are working hard to invite those who are due their second doses as quickly as we can so please look out for your letter. If you are at 12 weeks since your first dose and haven’t heard yet please get in touch and we will get you an appointment as soon as possible.”

Angus Council Leader, Councillor David Fairweather said, “Angus Council is delighted to support the setting up and operating of community vaccination centres in the locations specified by the NHS, which will allow for the acceleration of the vaccination programme across Angus. It’s wonderful to see partners from across Tayside and indeed Scotland come together to make this happen.

“What we need now is for everyone who is called forward for either their first or second vaccine to take their appointment and roll up their sleeve.”