Drop in vaccination clinic set to open in East Lothian this weekend


A DROP-IN vaccine centre will open this weekend in East Lothian for anyone over the age of 40 to get their jab.

The clinic will take place on Saturday and Sunday ad East Lothian Community Hospital Vaccination Centre, allowing people over 40 who require a first or second jab to get a dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

Those over the 40 who have not been vaccinated can attend the clinic without an appointment, and those waiting for a second jab can turn up as long as they have had their first vaccine at least eight weeks prior.

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The drop-in centre will allow those over 40 to get their vaccine.

The clinic will operate on a first come first serve basis and will be open from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm.

Members of the British Armed Forces will help out to accelerate the programme and deliver the vaccine to everyone who needs it.

Pat Wynne, Nurse Director of Primary and Community Care, NHS Lothian, said: “We are really pleased to be able to offer drop-in clinics to people in sites across Lothian.

“It means that we are able to administer more vaccine to more people to help give them some protection, which is obviously vital to help beat new variants and keep people well.

“We are delighted to team up with the British Armed Forces again. Our teams have previously worked with them in two of our vaccination centres and we invited them to return to provide extra capacity across our centres as part of this race. They will join our teams at the routine appointment clinics and in the drop-in clinics.”

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Army personnel will help with the vaccine delivery.

The drop-in centres will provide an extra 3,500 appointments each day, allowing the vaccination team to target people who have not had their jab and to speed up the process for those waiting for their second dose.