PEOPLE are being urged not to turn up to Inverclyde’s covid vaccination centre without an appointment.
The plea comes ahead of the start of community-based innoculations nationwide on Monday (1 February), including at Greenock Town Hall.
Councillor Robert Moran, Inverclyde’s health and social care convener, said: “We understand that people are anxious and desperate to get their covid jab but please do not turn up to Greenock Town Hall or a GP practice without an appointment as you will be turned away.
“We’re all weary of the pandemic and the significant impact it’s had on all our lives and understandably want to get back to normal as soon as possible.
“But please be patient for a little while longer until it’s your time to receive the vaccine when you will be contacted directly by the health service or the doctor advising what you need to do.
There have been instances of individuals attending mass vaccination centres within Greater Glasgow and Clyde that are not open yet, with staff unable to deal with requests.
Dr Linda de Caestecker, Public Health Director for NHSGGC, said: “We share the public’s enthusiasm for the covid-19 vaccination programme and understand people are very keen to get involved.
“We would like to ask the public to only attend a vaccination centre when you have been provided with an appointment. You will not be taken for an appointment if you do not have a booking.
“We also kindly ask for people to only arrive shortly before their appointment -– there is no need to queue early. We need to maintain social distancing at all times and ensure there are no crowds.”
Find out more about the vaccination programme on Inverclyde Council’s website