The COVID-19 vaccine is now available, and we are working closely with the Scottish Government, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Renfrewshire Council to deliver of the vaccine in line with national guidance.
To keep up-to-date with developments on the vaccination rollout, visit NHS Inform.
Who will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine first?
NHS Scotland are prioritising the people who are at greater risk. Our staff are working hard to vaccinate as many people as possible safely, swiftly and in line with Scottish Government guidance. We would like to thank you for your patience as we work hard to vaccinate as many people as possible during this time.
The first people to be offered the free vaccine are:
Residents and staff in care homes - Our team are currently delivering second doses of the vaccine to residents and staff at Care Homes across Renfrewshire.
Frontline health and social care staff - are now eligible to receive the COVID vaccination in line with the priority groups that have been agreed nationally. Eligible staff are being contacted directly and being supported to book their appointments.
People aged 80 and over (or will be by 31 March 2021) - are being offered the vaccine via their GP. There is no need to contact your local practice as they will be in touch as soon as they receive supplies of the vaccine.
People aged 75-80 and those on the shielding list - will be offered the vaccine via their GP. There is no need to contact your local practice as they will be in touch as soon as they receive supplies of the vaccine. If your GP practice has opted out of vaccinating this group, you will still be contacted directly and offered the vaccine by an alternative means.
Housebound - People who are considered housebound by their GP practice will be offered the vaccine in their own home. The housebound programme is now underway for those aged 80 years and above and our team will contact you directly. This includes people who will turn 80 between now and 31 March 2021 inclusive. On completion of those aged 80 and over, we will move on to other age groups, starting with housebound residents who are aged 75 years and above.
People aged 70-75 - will receive a letter from the NHS with details of their vaccination appointment at one of the local vaccination centres. These appointments are being scheduled from 1 February 2021.
People aged 65-70 - will receive a letter from the NHS with details of their vaccination appointment at one of the local vaccination centres. Appointments will be scheduled to take place as soon as all those aged 70 - 75 have been offered the vaccine.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have created frequently asked questions which provide further information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme and receiving your vaccine.
Coronavirus vaccination centres
We are supporting Renfrewshire Council and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with the local rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Three vaccination centres are being set up in the area. These will be operational from Monday 1 February. Please only attend a vaccination centre if you have an appointment.
The centres will be at:
The Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley,
Johnstone Town Hall,
Renfrew Leisure Centre,
The vaccinations are being given out by the NHS. Renfrewshire Council and Renfrewshire Leisure are providing support to manage the operation of the centres.
When you are eligible for your vaccine, the NHS will write to you directly with details of your appointment, including the time and place.
For more information on the Renfrewshire vaccination centres, visit Renfrewshire Council Coronavirus vaccination centres.
For information regarding appointments call NHS Inform's COVID vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013.
NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine as soon as it is offered to you.
Why it's important to get your COVID-19 vaccine
Getting your COVID-19 vaccination should protect you and may help to protect your family and those around you.
The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from COVID-19
Reduce your risk of getting COVID-19. Catching COVID-19 can be serious and may lead to long-term complications. Being healthy does not reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on.
You can spread COVID-19 to family and those around you, even if you have very mild symptoms or no symptoms at all.
Protect our NHS:
With high rates of COVID-19, it's more important than ever to stop the spread of COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives.