Kirkcowan – What's Going On?

DG Support – Community Bulletin – Ed 78

As we head into peak holiday season we face a period of potential confusion on how to deal with the continuing risks related to the Covid pandemic and ensuring people’s safety.

Particularly in terms of face coverings, the rules are diverging between Scotland and England. As a region bordering England and welcoming many visitors over the border, it’s important that people know and observe the rules applying to Dumfries and Galloway.

Around two-thirds of adults in the UK have now received both vaccine doses. That’s more than 35m doses.

Dumfries and Galloway continues to have the highest percentage of people aged 18+ vaccinated among mainland NHS Boards in Scotland.

As of 12 July, 114,256 first dose vaccinations had been delivered to adults aged 18+ in Dumfries and Galloway. That’s 93.1% of our adult population.

Meanwhile, 70.5% of our adult population (86,516) has had both doses. This figure will soon rise quickly due to the 8-week interval between first and second dose.

Testing and Drop-in vaccination clinics are readily available for people in Dumfries and Galloway who are still to receive their first dose or who have gone more than 8 weeks since their first.

For everyone’s benefit, we urge you to get tested and/ or vaccinated and continue to stick to the FACTS.

Don’t tune out… drop in…get vaxed

Drop-in clinics are available for people in Dumfries and Galloway who are still to receive their first Covid-19 vaccination, or who are more than 8 weeks after their first.

As of 12 July, 114,256 first dose vaccinations had been delivered to adults aged 18+, that’s 93.1% of the adult population.

Meanwhile, 70.5% of the adult population (86,516) has had both doses and this is expected to increase quite quickly on the basis of the 8-week interval between first and second dose.

Dumfries and Galloway continues to have the highest percentage of people aged 18+ vaccinated among mainland NHS Boards in Scotland.

Immunisation Co-ordinator, Dr Nigel Calvert, said: “With all originally scheduled first dose vaccinations having been delivered, we’re really focused on doing all we can to ensure that any adult who has not yet been vaccinated can get that opportunity. As part of this, we have drop-in clinics where anyone can call in without an appointment to receive either their first vaccination or their second if more than 8 weeks from the first. Vaccinations are quick, easy, free and provide a high degree of protection against the coronavirus, helping to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and the wider community. Getting vaccinated also supports the moves towards the easing of restrictions, for example, people who’ve received both vaccinations won’t have to self-isolate when returning from amber list countries.”

See: www.nhsdg.co.uk/vaccines/ Vaccinations can be scheduled at: www.nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration

Transport support is available; to find out more or schedule an appointment, t: 01387 403 090 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm), or e: dg.covidenquiries@nhs.scot