COVID 19 VACCINATIONS
There is no need for you to contact the practice about the vaccination programme and if you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine or wish more information, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:
- Assembly Rooms until Saturday 24 July (closed Sunday 18 July)
- Blackhall Library, 56 Hillhouse Road from Monday 19 July to Saturday 24 July
- Queensferry Primary School, Burgess Road, South Queensferry from Monday 19 July to Saturday 24 July
- Mobile testing unit at South East Locality office, Captain’s Road car park until Sunday 25 July
- Mobile testing unit at Craigroyston High School, Pennywell Road until Sunday 25 July
- Mobile testing unit at Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre, Harvesters Way until Sunday 25 July (9am to 5pm)
- Mobile testing unit at Craigmillar Medical Group, 106 Niddrie Mains Road From Monday 19 July until Saturday 24 July (9.30am to 5.30pm)
- Mobile testing unit James Pringle Shopping Village, 70-74 Bangor Road Friday 16 July to Sunday 25 July. Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.
If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.
Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.
You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting
Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.
Thank you for your help.
COVID-19 Vaccination Status Scheme Launches
A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves has launched.
A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or - for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.
Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.
While there are no countries currently requiring vaccination status to travel, international travel restrictions can change quickly requiring such measures to be in place.
As Scotland’s vaccination programme progresses, vaccination status will be replaced by digital Covid Status Certificates, which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said:
“Given the risk of returning with infection, and especially of introducing new variants of the virus, we continue to be highly cautious about international travel. Everyone should continue to limit their travel abroad and while I understand the need for some people who want to reunite with family, when it comes to holidays, my advice continues to be play it safe and staycation this summer.
“For those that do need it, this new service will provide people with a record of their vaccination status for outbound international travel.
“They should only access their record if they are planning to travel within 21 days and it is a requirement of their destination.”
You will be able access your Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.
People who have lost or forgotten their username or password will be able to create new ones by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options. A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them or contact on 0808 196 8565.
The Scottish Government continues to urge a highly cautious approach to international travel, given the risk of new variants. The four UK Chief Medical Officers have said that green-list status should be the exception, rather than the rule, with countries added to the list only where there are very good reasons for doing so.
If you are intending to travel abroad you should:
check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages
get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland
only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 day
You qualify as an unpaid carer and can self-register for the vaccine if:
You are aged 16 or over and;
You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours;
The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work;
If you care for someone due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability or for an addiction;
You have not already received your first COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter.
If any of these apply to you, you can register either online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister or via the Covid vaccination helpline 0800 030 8013 from Monday 15 March.
Missing invitations contact form
If you think you should have received an invitation to your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter, please click on the link below complete and submit the form. Missing invitations contact form (nhs.scot)
Rearrange your vaccination appointment
Please make every effort to attend your appointment. This allows NHS Scotland to continue to vaccinate everyone as quickly as possible.
However, if you are still unable to attend, or cannot get to the venue you can rearrange your appointment by clicking on the link below and completing the attached form. Manage -your-coronavirus-vaccination-appointment
If you would prefer to speak with someone about your appointment, please contact the National Covid Helpline on 0800 030 8013
You should also rearrange your appointment if you:
are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus
have recently tested positive for coronavirus
have been told by NHS Test and Protect that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
live with someone who has recently tested positive for coronavirus
live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus
If you have recently tested positive for coronavirus, even if you have no symptoms, you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested to get the vaccine.