Centres and not surgeries will offer vital jab after contract change comes into play for GPs

A vaccination offered to vulnerable people in a surgery setting will now be delivered in a different environment after health bosses decided to offer it in vaccination centres like The Link Centre.

Changes to the national GP contract will see over 65s and those with certain long term health conditions receive their pneumococcal vaccine outwith GP practises and under the juridiction of NHS Lanarkshire, in a change reflected across Scotland.

Dr Mark Russell, Associate Medical Director, Health and Social Care North Lanarkshire, said: “A pneumococcal infection can lead to illnesses including bacterial meningitis and pneumonia.

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"Getting your pneumococcal vaccine, when invited, is the best way to help protect yourself against these illnesses. The vaccine is given in the upper arm and most people aged 65 or over will only need a single dose, which will help protect them for life.”

People who are eligible will receive a letter with details of their vaccination appointment.

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