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NHS Louisa Jordan In Glasgow Will Transform Into A Mass Covid-19 Vaccination Centre

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

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It will be one of six to open in Scotland.

Pop-up vaccination centres are set to open in Scotland, with NHS Louisa Jordan in Glasgow, now confirmed to be one of six to open first. The field hospital, located at the SEC by the River Clyde, will be used by NHS staff, military and volunteers to administer the vaccine – with the government aiming to vaccinate up to 400,000 people per week by the end of February. Over 190,000 have so far received the vaccine, according to the First Minister.

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According to Scotland’s vaccination deployment plan, Glasgow’s NHS Louisa Jordan aims to administer over 20,000 covid-19 vaccinations a week. Motherwell’s Ravenscraig Sports Facility is also included as one of the six mass vaccination centres, while the government say they are working with the Armed Forces and health boards to secure more mass vaccination sites, particularly in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.

Here’s the list of locations confirmed so far:

  • P&J Live at TECA, Aberdeen
  • Ravenscraig Sports Facility, Motherwell
  • Queen Margaret University, Musselburgh
  • Edinburgh International Conference Centre, Edinburgh
  • Pyramids Business Park, Bathgate
  • NHS Louisa Jordan, Glasgow

The deployment plan also gives timescales on when the government aims to vaccinate Scotland’s priority groups and it’s hoped everyone in the country over the age of 50 will be offered their first doses by early May. The Scottish Government describe the programme as ‘the largest mass vaccination programme ever undertaken’ and states: Scotland ‘will have the workforce and the infrastructure to vaccinate 400,000 people each week from February 1.’

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In her statement to Holyrood yesterday, Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, said: “The plan to vaccinate 400,000 a week requires a daily workforce capacity of approximately 1700 whole time equivalent vaccinators and 950 whole time equivalent support staff.”

The Scottish government plan to initially open the mass vaccination centres from 8am to 8pm, but are willing to extend these hours if that proves more convenient for people.

The timeline for vaccinations is detailed as follows:

Here’s the list of who will be vaccinated, in order of priority:

  • Priority groups 1 and 2, including care home residents, care home staff, frontline health and social care staff – aim to complete first doses by by February 5.
  • Priority groups 3, 4 and 5, including all those 65 or over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals – aim to complete first doses by early March.
  • Remaining priority groups, 6, 7, 8 and 9, including all those over 50 and all individuals aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality and unpaid carers – aim to complete first doses by early May after starting in March.

To read the document in full, you can visit the Scottish Government website here.

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