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Over-40s in Scotland urged to book second COVID jab as soon as possible

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A nurse with a vial of vaccine on the vaccination centre at Ravenscraig Regional Sports activities Facility in Motherwell, Scotland. (PA)

The Scottish authorities is urging over-40s to book their second COVID jab as soon as possible.

Anybody in that age group with a scheduled appointment greater than eight weeks after their first jab is being instructed to book an earlier slot.

It comes as the Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations (JCVI) has really helpful shortening the interval between jabs from 12 to eight weeks.

However the Scottish authorities mentioned many individuals over-40, in specific, have obtained an invite to book a slot in line with the earlier advice of a 12-week interval.

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The push for folks to book sooner appointments comes as the Delta variant, which was first recognized in India continues to unfold in the UK.

As effectively as the “vaccine journey” tool on the NHS Inform web site, the nationwide helpline can be utilized to reschedule second doses.

Well being Secretary Humza Yousaf mentioned: “We’re working carefully with NHS boards to make sure the variety of appointments could be elevated in line with nationwide steerage to assist fight new variants and supply safety to as many individuals as possible.

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“Boards are boosting their capability to administer second doses alongside the supply of first doses to youthful cohorts and appointments are actually being issued in accordance with the brand new advice of an eight-week hole.

“The second dose is significant in offering larger and longer-lasting safety towards the virus – notably the brand new Delta (Indian) variant.

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“In keeping with the recommendation from the JCVI, we encourage these whose appointment was already scheduled – which is especially over-40s presently – to use the NHS Inform on-line software, drop-in clinics or the nationwide helpline to get their second dose appointment as shut to eight weeks after their first as possible.”

Simply over half of these aged 18 or over in Scotland have obtained each jabs, in accordance to Scottish authorities figures.

In the meantime, greater than 77% of Scottish adults have obtained both the primary dose or each doses of the vaccine.

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