- Initial drive means 50% of patients aged 80 years and over have been vaccinated already
- Practice will then start to vaccinate people aged 75–79 and anyone shielding
Riverside Medical Practice will open its doors at the weekend on Saturday 30 January, in a bid to get the vast majority of the first priority group (patients aged 80 years and over who can attend the clinic in person) vaccinated against COVID-19.
Riverside and other GP practices across the country are still constrained by vaccine supply, which practices have no control over, but Riverside’s third vaccine allocation was large enough to warrant this special weekend clinic.
Around 300 further registered patients aged 80 and over are being invited to attend, with the vaccines being administered by GP Partner Dr Catherine Cameron, nurses Diane Fyffe, Delia Marriott, Sarah Faulkner and Gillian Fulton, and General Practice Paramedic Tracy Henry.
“Our dedicated team are delighted to be coming into the practice at the weekend, to get as many of the first priority group vaccinated as possible,” said Dr Joanna Stenke, GP Partner at Riverside Medical Practice.
“General Practices across Scotland were asked by the Scottish Government to vaccinate registered patients aged 80 and over who can attend the clinic in person, and we’re pleased to have been able to vaccinate 300 of this group already at Riverside. Most people have been delighted when we’ve phoned to offer an appointment, and we really enjoy making the call!”
“This weekend clinic will see the majority of our remaining patients aged 80 and over vaccinated; the last few of this group will be vaccinated when we receive our fourth vaccine allocation.”
“We’ll then begin to vaccinate registered patients aged 75-79 who can attend the clinic in person, along with shielders of all ages. Shielders are defined as those who have already received a shielders letter from the government or their GP.”
Eligible patients will be contacted by phone by the team at Riverside. Patients should wait to be contacted, to help the team get the vaccines out to patients as soon as possible.
The next priority group, those aged 70-74 years, will also start to be vaccinated shortly – but this is currently planned to take place in mass vaccination venues and Health Board clinics, rather than in GP surgeries.
Local health board teams will vaccinate housebound registered patients, and again should wait to be contacted by them direct.
For more information about the vaccination programme at Riverside, including which vaccine is being used and a weekly update on numbers vaccinated at the practice, please go to the main vaccine page on our website.
Patients should continue to follow local and national restrictions after receiving the vaccine.