COVID-19 : Vaccination guidance

Latest News- Last updated 17/09/2021:

We have commenced our flu vaccination programme- please see the 2021 flu tab for details. 

We are no longer providing COVID vaccinations.  If you have not yet had your first dose or second dose please click  here for details of walk in clinics run by NHS Highland.  As the name suggests, there is no appointment needed, just turn up wearing a face covering and preferably wearing loose clothing.  You may have a short wait.  These clinics are providing doses of Astra Zeneca and Pfizer to people over the age of 18.  Dates are continually being added to this page so please consult this often for updates

JCVI update: COVID vaccination for 16 & 17 year olds

It is recommended those aged 16 and 17 receive a COVID vaccination.  Children in this cohort will receive an invitation letter to a NHS Highland run drop in clinic.  They will receive the Pfizer vaccination and it is expected that a second dose will be offered 12 weeks following the first dose, not 8 weeks as per other age groups.

Children aged 17, within 3 months of their 18th birthday are currently eligible to be vaccinated. Children who will turn 18 between 1st August and 31st October can attend a drop in clinic and receive their vaccination.

Under existing advice, young people aged 16 to 17 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious COVID-19 should have already been offered vaccination by the practice.

JCVI advice on children aged 12 to 17

The JCVI issued advice that children at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease are offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  This includes children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.

The JCVI also recommends that children and young people aged 12 to 17 who live with an immunosuppressed person should be offered the vaccine. This is to indirectly protect their immunosuppressed household contacts, who are at higher risk of serious disease from COVID-19 and may not generate a full immune response to vaccination.

Invites for children in this category will be issued by NHS Highland not the GP Practice.

Proof of vaccination

The Government have announced that they have set up a portal whereby people can log in to request proof of vaccination.  This is intended to be used only by people who have booked international travel.  There are plans to issue digital vaccination certificates in the future.  Please follow this link to find this information online and to be able to access your records: Get a record of your Covid vaccination.  As per Government protocol, GP Practices will not be issuing letters to patients to provide proof of vaccination.


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