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.

By Rachel Mackie
Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:12 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:43 pm

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.

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

“We booked time off work for this.

"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.

"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.

“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.

“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.

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

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