Drop-in vaccination clinics are being phased out by some of Scotland’s largest clinics. Health The board called the decision “unusual and dangerous.”
Both NHS Lanarkshire and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have indicated that no more drop-in clinics will be scheduled.
The health boards, which together serve about 1.8 to 1.8 million people, will only accept pre-bookings instead.
NHS Dumfries and Galloway have also announced that there will be no drop-in clinics next week, although eight other Scottish mainland health boards will continue to offer them.
The Glasgow Health Board cited pressure. Corona virus Vaccines and booster programs as well as flu shots.
A spokesman said: “Our clinics are very busy and so we are focusing on an appointment model and encouraging people to book wherever possible as it helps us to manage patient arrivals and The safest and most effective way to ensure our clinic
“Appointments are available on all of our sites and are often available on the same day, so the majority of patients will not have to wait any longer.
“We will keep an eye on the situation and, if necessary, resubmit the drop-ins, on demand.”
This comes at a time when long queues have been formed at some vaccination centers in the Glasgow region, with signs at places saying the drop would not be accepted.
A spokesman for NHS Lanarkshire told the BBC that the health board did not have the capacity to run a drop-in vaccination clinic because of the growing number of patients due to covid booster and flu jobs.
He said: “Friday, October 1, will be the last day of the drop-in vaccination clinic.
“As we begin vaccinating against bovine booster and flu, the number of people coming to our clinic is increasing significantly, so we don’t have the capacity to offer drop-in space.”
NHS Dumfreeze and Galloway said they are eliminating drop-in clinics indefinitely because they have seen “significantly lower attendance”, with 95.9 percent of those over the age of 18 in the area having the vaccine. Had at least one dose.
A spokesman added: “The drop-in clinic is currently closed because in the next two weeks, all people between the ages of 12 and 15 have a lot of work to do while offering the vaccine, while the third dose is given to the weak. Immune systems and boosters are being provided to people over the age of 50 in a priority setting نگ care homes in the region are still improving.
In his coronavirus statement in Parliament on Tuesday, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said vaccination could be “the most important thing any of us can do,” to go to the vaccine drop-in clinic for people aged 12 to 15. They are now eligible to do so with a specific request.
Appointment letters have been sent for this age group.
Responding to reports of health boards dropping out of clinics, Scottish Labor Health spokesman Jackie Bailey said: “This is unusual and dangerous.
“Scotland’s two largest health boards are unable to offer drop-in vaccinations. This is simply unacceptable.
“Thousands of Scots have been immunized – if we ever have to control the virus, we must act now and we need to open up vaccination opportunities, not close clinics.”
“It is the responsibility of the SNP government to stop the snail’s pace and ensure that the health board continues to provide vaccination clinics, especially since the NHS is already in crisis before we are born in the winter.” Get over the pressure. ”
Scottish Conservative Health spokesman Dr Sandesh Galhane added: “It’s unbelievable. It flies in the face of the SNP that their vaccine passport scheme will encourage youth groups.
At Scotland’s two largest health boards, people can no longer drop in to get the vaccine.
“The SNP should make it as easy as possible for everyone and increase the rollout at every turn.
“Instead, the local drop-in clinics are not even open and the SNP’s vaccine passport app has turned into a complete disaster on the first day of operation.
SNP ministers urgently need to be assured that vaccination facilities will be available on these health boards immediately. Otherwise, thousands of people will be left without vaccinations as our NHS is fast approaching winter.