Covid in Edinburgh: NHS Lothian drop-in vaccine centre opens today as cases soar

A vaccine drop-in centre for people aged 18 to 39 has opened in Edinburgh to help boost vaccination numbers.

The clinic – at the Younger Building, Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Park at South Gyle – opened on Tuesday and is available to anyone who needs a first or second dose.

Any adult under the age of 40 who has not yet had their first dose can attend the clinic without an appointment, while those who are waiting for their second dose can turn up as long as they received their first injection of the vaccine at least eight weeks before.

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People will be seen on a first come first served basis when the centre is open from 8.30am until 5.30pm.

Pat Wynne, Nurse Director of Primary and Community Care, NHS Lothian, said: “We are really pleased to be able to expand our list of drop-in clinics across Lothian.

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“This means that we are able to target people aged between 18 to 39 who don’t have an appointment or were unable to attend the appointment they received, for whatever reason.

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“It helps us administer more vaccine to more people to help give them some protection, which is obviously vital to help beat new variants and keep people well.”

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The new 18 to 39 drop-in clinic will run alongside the existing mass vaccination clinics in Lothian and the other drop-in clinics specifically for the over 40s.

It comes after a group of more local drop-in clinics for the over 40s opened their doors across Edinburgh over the weekend.

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More information can be found here.

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