Assurances to over 1,400 people in the Alness and Invergordon area over the ‘accident’ of the NHS Highland Covid vaccine appointment as Ross MSP Maree Todd welcomes the pledge to fix the problem


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Local MSP Maree Todd hailed NHS Highland’s swift action following an incident with vaccine appointment letters.

NHS Highland has apologized for causing ‘confusion and anxiety’ after 1,460 people living near Alness and Invergordon and another 366 living near Wick received appointment letters for the Covid vaccine prompting them to go to clinics in the wrong place.

The local health board has confirmed that all affected people are contacted by telephone when available and alternative locations are offered.

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Caithness, Sutherland & Ross MSP, Maree Todd raised concerns with the health board on Monday after contact with elderly voters affected by the crash.

Maree Todd said: “I am delighted to see NHS Highland have acted quickly to correct their error. On Monday I was contacted by several pensioners in my constituency who had been asked to travel all the way to Inverness for an immunization appointment.

“Having raised concerns with NHS Highland on Monday, I was delighted to receive assurances that this was a mistake and that affected voters would be offered an alternative appointment closer to home .

“I urge anyone at Alness, Invergordon & Wick who has been given an appointment at the wrong place and has not yet been contacted by NHS Highland to contact the Service Delivery Center helpline to arrange go to his area.”

The Service Delivery Center helpline can be contacted on 08000 320 339.

Ms Todd added: “Vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the NHS from COVID-19 and flu viruses, and I encourage you to take up the offer of a booster when you get your appointment.”

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