Health / Gilbertson Park vaccination centre to close this week

More than 67,000 Covid vaccines have been administered at the venue since December 2020

Vaccination at the Gilbertson Park games hall clinic. Photo: Shetland News

THIS WEEK will see the last walk in appointments for Covid boosters and/or seasonal flu vaccination at the Gilbertson Park games hall vaccination centre.

Although today’s (Tuesday) clinic has been cancelled due to the adverse weather,  NHS Shetland is hopeful that the last walk in on Thursday (15 December) will be able to go ahead as planned.

Next week the clinic at the hall will be dismantled and the venue will be returned to its normal use.

The first Covid vaccine was given in Shetland two years ago on 11 December 2020, and since then over 67,000 Covid vaccines have been administered.

The latest data shows the uptake of the autumn/winter Covid booster standing at nearly 76 per cent and uptake of the adult seasonal flu vaccine at nearly 69 per cent.

NHS Shetland board chair Gary Robinson said: “Alongside all the vaccinators and volunteers, I would like to thank Shetland Islands Council, the hall users, and everyone involved in making the building and facilities available for use during the roll out of the vaccination programmes for almost the last two years.


“It really has been an outstanding example of excellent partnership working, and has been a significant contributing factor to the success of the vaccination programme in Shetland.

“We are seeing people with laboratory confirmed Covid, and a small number of confirmed flu cases as well so they are circulating in the community, but vaccination will reduce the risk of serious illness and death due to these viruses.”

Although this is the end of routine clinics for the autumn/winter vaccination programme there will be a small number of clinics as required for people who are eligible and who have not yet had their vaccines, and for anyone who becomes eligible before the end of March.

Anyone requiring an appointment after this week should email the vaccination team shet.vaccination-team@nhs.scot or phone 01595 743319 and leave a message. Please note these clinics will not be at Gilbertson Park games hall but in NHS venues.

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