Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

COVID-19 vaccine programme

Phase 2: 65-79 years

Patients across Ayrshire aged 65 to 79 will be invited to come for their COVID-19 vaccine in February as part of our local mass vaccination programme.

There will be 38 different community locations where these vaccines will be administered, across East, North and South Ayrshire. 

Letters giving details on the time and location of appointments will be delivered from Monday 25 January. Please do not be alarmed if you do not get your letter immediately. These will be arriving to Ayrshire addresses over the course of the coming weeks.

The first appointments will take place on Monday 1 February at the Galleon Centre in Kilmarnock, the Greenwood Centre in Dreghorn and at the Citadel in Ayr.

For a full list of the vaccination centres being set up to serve communities around Ayrshire please visit the NHS Ayrshire and Arran website 

The appointments are being allocated throughout the month of February at the vaccination centre closest to your home postcode. Details on how to reschedule your appointment if you are unable to attend will be given on your letter. Appointments may be Monday to Sunday between the times of 8am and 8pm.

Please remember the following when you attend for your appointment: 

  • You must bring your appointment letter itself to be admitted to the vaccination centre
  • Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible
  • Wear a face covering while travelling to and from and during your appointment, and remember to wash your hands regularly
  • Do not attend if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If you develop symptoms you should self-isolate and only reschedule after the self-isolation period

Local GP practices are continuing to support the programme by administering vaccines to those in the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) category and housebound patients during this wave of vaccinations. Patients in these groups should expect to be contacted by their GP practice directly with details on when in the coming weeks they will be offered their vaccination appointment.

Phase 1:  COVID-19 vaccination programme

Vaccine update 22 December 2020

Currently COVID-19 vaccinations are taking place in care homes and across Scotland for key patient-facing health and social care workers.

NHS staff will be working as quickly as they can to roll the COVID-19 vaccine out, and the pace that they can deliver this entirely depends on how many vaccines are approved by healthcare regulators, and how quickly the vaccines can be supplied by manufacturers.

The NHS urge those eligible in this first wave to take-up the COVID-19 vaccine and for others to please be patient as the available vaccine stocks are delivered to priority groups. 

For more information visit the COVID-19 vaccine page on the NHS Inform website.

National COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline: 0800 030 8013  is available 8am-8pm 7 days a week

Information leaflet for adults.

People across Scotland are being encouraged to be patient as the country gears up to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme – the largest vaccination programme of its kind ever undertaken.

The vaccines will be offered to 4.4 million people in Scotland. The programme represents one of the biggest logistical challenges the country has faced, from scaling up the workforce, to inviting large numbers to get vaccinated safely, to the transportation and storage of the vaccines. Those most at risk of COVID-19 will be prioritised to ensure they are protected. Scotland’s health and social care workers will be amongst the first to be vaccinated to lower the risk of them getting COVID-19, or passing it on to their patients.

It will take time to establish the impact of the vaccines on transmission of the virus, so it’s important people continue to follow FACTS at all times. 


  • The national COVID-19 vaccination programme will be rolled out from December to protect people in Scotland from the virus, with those most at risk prioritised.
  • The vaccine programme will be the largest of its kind ever undertaken.
  • Safety of the vaccine is paramount, with each vaccine passing a rigorous three-phase testing process, reviewed by independent regulatory and advisory bodies to ensure it is effective and safe for use.


  • The vaccination programme will play a significant role in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, offering additional protection that until now has not been available.
  • The programme brings hope and encouragement that the position the country is in now, will end.


  • NHS Scotland will be ready to vaccinate people from early December.
  • Those most at risk will be prioritised, followed by those aged over 65 and under 65 who are at risk, before moving on to the wider population of those aged 18 and over throughout the spring and summer.


  • NHS Boards are ready to lead the local delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations, quickly ramping up their resources as the supply of vaccine increases.
  • Registered nurses and medics will work alongside wider practitioners such as pharmacists, dentists and optometrists who will be able to administer the vaccine.
  • Work is underway to identify accessible locations to vaccinate those who are eligible - it will vary and may not be at a GP practice.
  • Those eligible in the first wave will be contacted during December and January to be told where to get their vaccine and how to make an appointment.

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