West Lothian patients left 'baffled' as they turn up for coronavirus vaccine appointment to find centre closed for Easter Monday

Patients attending a vaccination centre in Broxburn were forced to reschedule after finding it closed for a bank holiday.

The Strathbrock Partnership Centre in the West Lothian town is being used as a vaccination centre, and appointments were scheduled for Easter Monday.

However, on arrival, patients found that the centre was closed for the bank holiday.

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West Lothian patients left 'baffled' as they turn up for coronavirus vaccine appointment to find centre closed for Easter Monday

One patient told the Edinburgh Evening News: “The fact that this place was closed baffles me.

"We’ve all been putting up with coronavirus for over a year now.

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"When you’re invite (for a vaccination) comes through, it really lifts your hopes.

“We booked time off work for this.

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"I called the number to ask if there was anywhere else we could go to just get it done.

"They said the earliest they could offer me was Sunday.

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"We saw other people turning up too and having to ring the vaccination number.”

A spokesperson for NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) said: “A number of vaccination appointments were scheduled over the Easter weekend in the Lothian area.

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“This maintained the momentum of Scotland’s successful vaccination programme and allowed more people to be protected against COVID-19 as swiftly as possible.

“However, we regret that a small number of people were wrongly scheduled for locations that were closed over the public holidays.

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“We apologise for any inconvenience this caused and have taken action to prevent this happening again.”

The Scottish Government today announced that a total of 2,577,816 people have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination, 12,536 of which were administered yesterday.

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463,780 have received their second dose, 7,480 of which were administered yesterday.

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