COVID-19 vaccines rollout
NHS Fife are closely following guidelines by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as well as Scottish and UK Governments regarding vaccination groups, starting with those whose lives are most at risk from the virus. A robust booking system is in place and people will be contacted directly to invite them to attend for a vaccination.
The following cohorts and timescales are currently being planned for vaccination completion in line with other health boards following a directive from Scottish Government. Please note that you will receive a letter inviting you for your appointment. You should not attempt to contact us.
- As of 1st February, GP practices across Fife will proactively begin to contact their housebound patients to arrange vaccination by a member of the nursing team.
- The vast majority of care home residents and staff have been offered the vaccine. The team continue to visit care homes and will offer second doses in due course.
- Those aged 65 to 79, and the clinically extremely vulnerable, will be invited to attend for vaccination by mid-February. If you are in this group and haven't yet received a letter, please contact the national helpline.
- The next cohorts to be invited for vaccination will be those at high risk aged 16-64 and unpaid carers*
*This group also includes those who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill.
Housebound patients vaccination programme
As of 1st February, GP practices across Fife will proactively begin to contact their housebound patients to arrange vaccination by a member of the nursing team. We would kindly ask for people to be patient while GPs work through their patient lists.
NHS Fife does not retain a list of housebound residents and this data is held at an individual GP practice level. Please be assured that all housebound people will have the opportunity to be vaccinated, but this will be done in order following guidelines issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as well as Scottish and UK Government regarding prioritisation of vaccination cohorts, by starting with the over 80s.
Invitation letters and appointments
Missing appointment details
What to do if you think you should have received a vaccination letter by now but have not. Please note thatunless you are in the over 80's group you should not call your GP or your vaccination clinic.
Second appointment dates
Letters confirming second appointment dates will be sent following attendance at the clinic for your first vaccine and well in advance of the second appointment date. The trigger for generation of the second appointment is your attendance at the clinic. Appointments are then arranged by the national scheduling team and are not made locally. Unless you are in the over 80's group (below), you should not call your GP or attempt to call your vaccination clinic.
Over 80s group
Note that the over 80s group follow a different process due to their vaccinations taking place in GP Practices.
|Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age||The vaccine has not yet been assessed in pregnancy, for more coronavirus vaccine advice if you're pregnant, may get pregnant or are breastfeeding|
|Children and young people||It is important to note that children and young people (under 16s) are currently not eligible for the vaccine.|
|Vaccinations for the over 80s||Those aged over 80 who live in a care home have been vaccinated in that setting – in instances where an individual has not been vaccinated thus far, (for example if they were COVID positive or not in the care home at that time) our teams are continuing to visit care homes to ensure all are offered a vaccination.|
|Vaccinations for long-stay patients||Long-stay inpatients, are being vaccinated on site in hospitals across Fife, in line with JCVI guidance. Shorter stay inpatients, aged over 80 will be vaccinated by their GP after their discharge. Those aged under 80 will be vaccinated in the community in line with JCVI guidance after they are discharged.|
|Vaccinations for those on the shielding list||Vaccination invitations for those identified as clinical extremely vulnerable will be given by mid-February. The second dose of the vaccine will be given up to 12 weeks later.|
Unpaid carers vaccination programme
Over 65s and clinically extremely vulnerable - vaccination letters
We are aware there are a small number of people in eligible cohorts who are yet to receive their letter. This has happened for a variety of reasons, including the date they were added to a cohort, recent temporary residency, or a simple lost letter.
Anyone within these categories who has not received a letter, or who has lost their letter, can arrange an appointment by providing some details.
Community COVID-19 vaccination clinic locations
Our community vaccination clinics listed below will open on a phased basis, with the first site offering appointments on 01 February 2021.
Please note that these clinics are run by appointment only. Please do not contact the venue direct. If you attend without an appointment you will be send home.
NHS Fife has a legal duty to advance equality as set out it the Equality Act 2010; the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) helps us to do this. The EQIA is a toolkit to help us work through this process. Staff members are required to consider positive or negative impact of all strategies and policies. The legislation also requires that NHS Fife report on the EQIA findings. You can find our EQIAs on our Equality Impact Assessment page.
Useful contacts and background information
|Coronavirus vaccine helpline||If you have any enquiries about the COVID-19 vaccine, you can contact the Coronavirus Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am - 8pm all week).|
|Vaccine deployment plan||This is the plan setting out how the Scottish Government will roll out vaccinations in Scotland to vaccinate 4.5 million people. https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine-deployment-plan-2021/|
|National Assistance Helpline||0800 111 400 (Monday to Friday - office hours) To arrange transport to get to their vaccination appointment.|
|Adult vaccine leaflet||Adult vaccine leaflet|
|Health care worker leaflet||Healthcare worker leaflet|
|Social care worker leaflet||Social care worker leaflet|
|Pregnant women and those of childbearing age leaflet||Pregnant Women and women of child bearing age advice leaflet|
|Data on vaccinations in Scotland||This data will be updated weekly and will be published within the Statistical report on a Friday, on the Public Health Scotland website.|
|Local carers centres||http://www.careinfoscotland.scot/topics/support-for-carers/carer-centres|