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Coronavirus / Covid vaccine programme moves to people in their 30s

Those in their 20s will not have long to wait for an appointment either, health board says

The Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

COVID vaccinations are now being offered to people in Shetland in their 30s, with those in their twenties also set to receive the phone call soon.

Increased supply of the vaccine has meant that NHS Shetland has managed to up the pace of administering first doses.

Mass vaccination clinics have been held over the past few days, with more planned for the weekend and next week.

Public health consultant Dr Susan Laidlaw said the health board believes it has now contacted as many people aged 40 or over as it can.

A letter will be sent to anyone aged over 40 who NHS Shetland has not been able to contact.

If you are aged 40 and over and have not heard anything, contact NHS Shetland on 01595 743319 and staff will get an appointment arranged.

“We’ve started to call the 30 to 39 year olds as well,” Dr Laidlaw said.

“Some people have been called for clinics in the next few days, but there will be more clinics happening next week and in the coming weeks as well.

“This is because the vaccine supply has improved a little, so we’re hoping that we’ll be able to get through the people in the 30s and down to the 18 to 29 year olds very soon as well.”

She reminded people that the phone call offering an appointment might come from an unknown number.

NHS Shetland said anyone with concerns about a call can leave a message on 01595 743319 and an appointment will be sorted.

Latest figures show that more than 70 per cent of adults in Shetland have had their first dose, and nearly half have been given a second.