COVID-19 - Vaccination guidance

This page is updated regularly.  We respectfully ask that you do not call the practice to inquire as to when you will receive your vaccination and refer to this web page for all information regarding the vaccination.  Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of the page to see the due date of the vaccine for your age group.  We will contact you when you are eligible to be vaccinated.

Click here for the most up to date guidance regarding the COVID-19 vaccination or call the Scottish Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week for assistance with general inquiries.

Please note that due to the volume of vaccines we have to issue (circa 10,000) we cannot have individual discussions with each patient to discuss the pro's and cons of the vaccine.  Generally speaking the advice is to receive the vaccine when offered. Patients are advised to carry out their own research if they want in depth information and ultimately the decision on whether to have the vaccine is a personal decision.  You will not receive a choice of which type of vaccine you receive as our supplies are determined by national vaccine availability.

If you wish to decline the vaccine and have not advised our staff of this please email our team on nhsh.gp55751-admin@nhs.scot to inform us of your decision so we can record this on your file so that you will no longer be contacted the surgery.

At present there are no national plans to provide a vaccination card to prove that you have received your vaccine.  This is something which is decreed at Government level and is not in the control of GP Practices.  As per NHS Highland guidance we will not be issuing letters to patients to confirm vaccination.

Latest News- Last updated 08/03/2021:

We have now vaccinated patients aged 65+ and those categorised as shielding.  NHS Highland have pulled forward the date of the second vaccines for those aged 75+ and those patients are being contacted to book their vaccination to complete their course.

If you have not yet been vaccinated and fall into these categories and would like to receive the vaccine please contact the surgery to find out when we can accommodate you.

All housebound patients have been vaccinated with their first dose.

Please ensure you keep us up to date in any changes to your address and phone number.  We are phoning patients to arrange appointments so it is vital we have the correct details on record.

When you are called you will be given a date and time for your appointment.  This will be only date available so you should do everything possible to attend on the date given.  This is due to restrictions with both availability of vaccine and the shelf life of the vaccine so unlike the flu clinics there is not a choice of dates and times available.

The receptionist will go through information you need on the phone but on the day of your appointment you should make your way to the rear of the building where you will be directed by staff.  You will have to remain in the building for 15 minutes after your vaccination if you receive the Pfizer vaccine.

  • Do not attend if you have any symptoms of COVID-19- fever, persistent cough, loss of or change to taste and smell
  • Do not attend if you are currently self isolating
  • Do not attend if you have had a positive COVID test in the last 4 weeks

On the day:

  • Arrive on time- not early or late so we can manage queues and traffic and ensure that social distancing is maintained.
  • Come alone unless you require a carer/assistance.  If you are receiving the Pfizer vaccine there is a requirement to wait for 15 minutes after you are vaccinated.  Whomever you bring will be required to wait outwith the building during the 15 minute period post vaccination so we can ensure social distancing as we have limited room inside the building.  Thereafter they can collect you to assist you out of the building.
  • You will only receive your COVID vaccination- no other health matters will be discussed and you will not be able to request prescriptions.
  • Wear loose clothing that allows easy access to your arm and where possible avoid wearing many layers (although we appreciate this is more difficult for our more elderly patients.)
  • Please adhere to social distancing at all times.

General information

This is the order in which people will be vaccinated as per guidance from the Scottish Government.  Dates of vaccination are dependent on availability of vaccine.  We are allocated vaccine from NHS Highland who have their allocations determined by the Scottish Government.  If your age group is noted as tbc, this is due to a lack of information from NHS Highland as to when vaccine supply will be available.

1. all those 80 years of age and over and front line health and social care workers -  first dose completed.  Second doses being booked in this week (pulled forward by NHS Highland)
2. all those 75 years of age and over- due mid February 2021- first dose completed.  Second dose being booked in this week (pulled forward by NHS Highland).
3. all those 70 -74 years of age and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals - first dose completed- no date available yet for 2nd dose.
4. all those 65 years of age and over-first dose completed and no date yet available for 2nd dose.
5. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions**(see below) which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality- due Mid March 2021 earliest, awaiting confirmation of  vaccine supply from NHS Highland.  

6. all of those aged 60-64 of age- date tbc
7. all those 55-60 years of age- dates tbc
8. all those 50-55 years of age and over- dates tbc

There is no information yet available for those patients aged under 50.

**  The criteria for at risk is defined differently from the flu vaccine.  This criteria is defined by the Scottish Government. 

If you receive the flu vaccine due to asthma you may not be automatically eligible for the Covid vaccine.  Patients who have been hospitalised due to asthma and those who require regular courses of oral steroids are included in the at risk group.  Those patients whose asthma is well controlled on inhalers are not included within the at risk criteria and will receive their vaccine according to their age group.  



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