For further information about the NHS Scotland coronavirus vaccination programme, please click here.
*Vaccine Update 8/2/21
We have become aware that some patients, on phoning the NHS Lothian coronavirus vaccine call centre, have been advised to contact their GP if they are unable to travel to the appointment offered. In some cases these appointments have been provided in Edinburgh or Haddington.
Unfortunately we cannot offer any alternative service. Vaccine supply to our medical centres is limited to the priority groups that we are already in the process of vaccinating. We do not have additional vaccines to offer patients who are unable or unwilling to travel to the vaccination centres for those aged 75 and under, and who have not already been identified as one of the high risk groups.
We have asked for this message to patients to be updated and corrected as soon as possible. We apologise to patients who have been advised to contact our team only to learn that we are unable to assist. However we are constrained by the resources (including actual vaccinations) being made available to us and are unable to provide an alternative option in Dunbar to those patients. We trust that the vaccination phoneline team will correct their advice as soon as possible.
*Vaccine Update 3/2/21
*Vaccine Update 10/1/21
Vaccines expected to be available soon
We are expecting our first delivery of coronavirus vaccines this week and if this delivery is received as scheduled, we will begin offering vaccines to the priority groups as outlined by NHS Scotland.
Initially this will be to ambulatory (i.e. those who can get to the medical centre) patients over 80 years of age. We shall soon be contacting patients by phone to offer appointments for this vaccine.
There are additional services being set up by East Lothian Health & Care Partnership to offer vaccinations to other priority groups in due course, including house-bound patients. They will be contacting patients directly to arrange appointment times.
Beware of scammers
There are increasing reports in the media of people across the UK being targeted by scammers who pretend to be offering vaccinations. Please be aware (and please make any family members aware) that NHS staff will *never* ask for bank details by phone. Furthermore we will never ask you to download any app or software to offer you vaccination.
More information can be found here .
Please be kind
Our reception teams are working hard to phone patients about this vaccination programme as well as dealing with other queries too. Some of our reception teams have recently experienced abusive or rude behaviour by phone. We would like to take this opportunity to remind those patients that our staff come to work to care for others, and it is important for all members of staff to be treated with respect.
In line with the rest of the NHS, we have a zero tolerance policy whereby aggressive, threatening or violent behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
This news about coronavirus vaccinations is very welcome and offers a real step forward in seeing our lives return to some normality.
We will continue to update this page about any further updates that we can provide.