Vaccinations for people on the shielding list
Vaccine invitations have been issued this week to groups considered clinically extremely vulnerable people (excluding any individuals who may have already received their vaccination due to their age group). The current expectation is that everyone considered extremely vulnerable should receive the first dose of the vaccine by mid-February. The second dose of the vaccine will be given up to 12 weeks later. This is to ensure that the maximum number of people possible are protected.
Making alternative arrangements for vaccination
People on the shielding list who are housebound or unable to leave their home or would prefer not to visit a vaccination centre can make alternative arrangements. If you are shielding or housebound, please call 0800 030 8013 for information on how to arrange your appointment. The 0800 030 8013 COVID-19 Vaccinations Helpline is open every day between 8am and 8pm and will put callers through to National Services Scotland to arrange this.
Getting to vaccination appointments
People that are shielding are advised not to use public transport including taxis in level 4 or lockdown areas to attend a vaccination appointment.
If you do not have your own transport or support with transport, we have made local arrangements. Please contact Transport to Healthcare Information Centre (THInC) on 01467 536111 who will be able to assist you in attending your vaccination appointment
Providing support with transport
If you are shielding, and where it is necessary for someone to drive you to your appointment, we advise that:
- The use a car or vehicle that is as large as possible
- Occupants should sit as far apart as possible, ideally the passenger should sit diagonally opposite the driver.
- Windows in the car must be opened as far as possible taking account of weather conditions to maximise the ventilation in the space.
- Occupants in the car, including the driver, should wear a facemask
- Occupants should perform hand hygiene using an alcohol-based hand rub before entering the vehicle and again on leaving the vehicle.
- Wiping down and cleaning the vehicle
- Making sure vehicles are equipped with hand gel, waste disposal bags, and suitable products with which to wipe down and clean the vehicle (The vehicle’s passenger compartment, handles, seat belts and touch points will require cleaning using detergent cleaning products between each journey, ensuring thorough wipe down of all exposed surfaces and contact areas with detergent or specialist cleaning products, such as disinfectant wipes or similar, with disposal bags.
- Occupants should avoid eating in the vehicle
- Keep the volume of any music/radio being played to a minimum/ off to prevent the need to raise voices in the car
Picking up the person
If you are providing travel to someone who is shielding, or seeking support with transport due to shielding, please consider the following:
Ideally, no direct assistance should be provided by the driver to the person Shielding, where physical distancing is not possible. The person shielding should be able to get in and out of the vehicle unaided or with a family member or carer from the same household. The driver can help fit ramps to enable wheelchair access.
If more direct assistance is needed, a home appointment may be more suitable for you, if you are shielding. A home appointment may be more suitable for you if you:
- are housebound or unable to leave their own home
- would prefer not to visit a vaccination centre
- face challenges in using the recommended travel options
Using a taxi company
If you choose to use a taxi, use a taxi fleet that has suitable arrangements in place regarding cleaning/sanitising vehicles after each journey as well as any other necessary adaptations e.g. cough guards, sanitising units for their fleet ( a device that is activated in the vehicle), cleaning and waiting between passengers. The taxi company should be able to advise you of the measures they have taken to protect their customers.