COVID-19 Vaccine (Updated 15/01/21 and copied from Dollar Health Centre’s website)
The doctors at Dollar Health Centre recommend vaccination against COVID-19. We are supporting phase 1 of the immunisation programme (see below). Please do not phone the health centre about the COVID vaccine, as we need to keep our limited phone lines free for ill patients. However we will regularly post information on our website (www.dollarhealthcentre.org.uk/), so please keep checking.
Phase 1: Over 80s and Care Home Residents
We received our first supply of 100 Oxford / AstraZenica vaccines on 12th January 2021. We commenced vaccinations for frontline healthcare staff on 13th January and for patients on 14th January. Our reception staff will phone people over the age of 80 to schedule an appointment, working alphabetically (in order to allow couples to attend together). By 15th January we had immunised everyone up to the letter L in the alphabet. We have been promised further doses of the vaccine throughout January and are confident that we will be able to immunise all over 80 year old patients with their first dose of vaccine by the end of January. If you are over the age of 80, please wait to be contacted, and only phone the health centre if you have not heard from us by end of January 2021. Those who are housebound will receive the vaccine at home from a community nurse, and health and care workers will be contacted by their employer.
Two doses of vaccine are required, and the second dose will be given around 12 weeks after the first. Dollar Health Centre staff will arrange both doses for the over-80 year olds.
Phase 2: Under 80 year olds and other at-risk groups.
Forth Valley Health Board is taking responsibility for immunising the population under the age of 80. This group will be invited by letter for a vaccine at a central location (not Dollar, and probably Sauchie or Alloa) from February 2021 onwards. Our doctors and nurses are supporting these clinics and will be helping with the immunisations. It is predicted that everyone over the age of 65, and all those on the national ‘shielding list’ will have received their first dose of vaccine by February 2021. Those under the age of 80 who are housebound will receive the vaccine at home from a community nurse. Dollar Health Centre is unable to make or change appointments for these groups of people.
This is a rapidly evolving and changing situation. We will keep posting updates on this page and general information is available on NHS Inform, or via a national COVID Vaccine helpline on 0800 0308013.