Easter weekend won't stop jab rollout despite holiday shutdown of superhubs

The sweeping Covid-19 vaccination programme will forge ahead during the Easter holiday weekend – as staff turn to smaller venues like the Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex to treat those who can’t travel to superhubs.

Ravenscraig and its counterpart in East Kilbride will not be operational during this period but staff revealed on Monday (March 29) they are ahead of the curve.

Dr Mark Russell, Lead for the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Lanarkshire explained: “We have completed up to priority group nine ahead of schedule. We would not have been able to vaccinate at such a pace without our supercentres. This means that 58% of the local adult population has received their first dose.

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“Before we move onto vaccinating 40 to 49 year olds - and second doses, we will be vaccinating people who have chosen to reschedule their appointment to a local centre.

"As we move onto second doses, over-80s will receive theirs from their GP practice, the same as their first dose. People who are housebound, will continue to receive a home visit. For people aged 70 to 79 second dose appointments will be at their nearest vaccination clinic.

"This could be at a local centre or supercentre, depending on which is nearest.”

The doctor also confirmed that vaccination appointments have been offered to over 50s and to younger patients with underlying health problems.

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