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Isle of Arran Launches Spring COVID-19 Booster Campaign for Vulnerable Groups

Residents of the Isle of Arran who are most susceptible to severe COVID-19 are urged to participate in the latest booster vaccine clinics this spring, as organized by NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This initiative targets elderly adults, care home residents, and those with compromised immune systems to sustain their protection against the virus.

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, NHS Ayrshire & Arran is intensifying its efforts with a spring booster vaccination drive on the Isle of Arran. The program specifically invites individuals over 75 years of age as of June 30, 2024, residents in elder care facilities, and people older than six months with weakened immune systems as of March 31, 2024, to receive an additional dose of the vaccine.

The upcoming vaccination clinics are scheduled to be held at the Ormidale Sports Pavilion in Brodick. The clinics will operate on Wednesday, April 24, from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Thursday, April 25, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Those eligible for the booster have started receiving appointment notices via NHS-branded letters, and electronic communication based on their preferred method.

Lisa Davidson, Assistant Director of Public Health at NHS Ayrshire & Arran, emphasized the importance of the boosters: “We are committed to returning to Arran this spring to administer COVID-19 boosters to those who need them most. Vaccination remains the most reliable defense against the virus. We urge everyone eligible to accept their invitations to ensure continued protection.”

For those who cannot attend their scheduled appointment, instructions to reschedule are provided in the invitation. The NHS has also begun visiting housebound patients and care home residents to administer the vaccines, ensuring comprehensive coverage across the community.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran is dedicated to maintaining high immunity levels among Arran’s most vulnerable populations and ensuring the health and safety of the community as they navigate the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19.

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