EVERYONE in the designated priority groups has received a coronavirus vaccine, according to NHS Borders.

The health board issued a statement yesterday (April 26) announcing the milestone has been reached.

Plans are now under way to vaccinate the rest of the adult population (those aged 18-49), the health board says.

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“The aim is to have offered and vaccinated everyone by the end of July, depending on vaccine supply,” a NHS Borders spokesperson said.

“Appointments for those aged 46-49 are currently being scheduled. If you are in this group you will receive your vaccination appointment letter via post in the next few days.

“Over 66,000 people have received their first dose of the COVID vaccine in the Borders so far.”

The priority groups, set out by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation, are:

  • clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (those who were shielding)
  • everyone aged 50 and over
  • those aged 16-64 with underlying health conditions
  • all adults with a learning disability
  • unpaid carers aged 16-64

If you are in any of these groups and have not been invited for your vaccination, click here.

Any unpaid carers who have not yet booked their appointment can so by calling 0800 013 8013, the health board says.

The spokesperson also gave an update on the progress of giving second doses of a coronavirus vaccine in the region.

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“Our teams continue to administer second doses to those who were eligible in Wave 1 and 2,” the spokesperson said. “So far over 31,500 people have received their second dose.

“We will soon start scheduling second dose appointments for those who were eligible in Wave 3 in line with the national dosing schedule.

“If you are waiting to receive your second appointment please be assured that you will be contacted by the team who gave you your first jab, please do not call your GP practice unless advised to do so.

“If you received your first appointment by letter (blue envelope) you will receive your second appointment by letter as well.

“It is really important that you come forward to get your second dose when it is your turn to ensure that you have lasting protection against COVID-19.”