100% take up rate for COVID vaccines at some Fife medical practices

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Some medical practices in Fife are reporting 100 per cent uptake amongst those offered COVID vaccinations.

The good news comes just weeks into the mass vaccination programme across the region.

All 54 GP practices are participating, and the vast majority started to book appointments last week after receiving their first supplies of vaccine.

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Healthcare staff, care home residents and care home staff were the first priority groups to be vaccinated as part of the efforts to protect the most vulnerable and maintain critical health and social care services.

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North Glen Medical Practice in Glenrothes has now offered vaccination appointments to all patients aged 80 and over, and expects to have completed its clinics early next week.

Pamela Godfrey, practice manager, said: “We are really encouraged by the uptake so far.

“We also have a small number of patients who are housebound, and they will be vaccinated by our local district nursing teams instead.

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“The last of our clinics are due to take place early next week, by which time we will have completed more than 180 patient vaccinations.”

Considerable progress has also been made at Nethertown Medical Practice in Dunfermline, which has around 480 patients aged 80 and over, while Tayview Medical Practice in Newport-on-Tay has reported 100 per cent uptake of appointments and carried out more than 220 vaccinations carried out so far.

In line with the Scottish Government COVID19 Vaccine Deployment Plan, Fifers aged 75-79 will be in the next priority group, followed by those aged 70-74 and those considered to be clinically extremely vulnerable.

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