Fernhill Centre needs more vaccination appointments

Rutherglen South Liberal Democrat Councillor Robert Brown has asked Lanarkshire Heath Board to make sure there are enough vaccination sots at Fernhill for people without the transport to go to one of the "super centres" - the Alistair McCoist Centre in East Kilbride or the Ravenscraig Centre at Motherwell. 

Robert's call comes after local people expressed some disquiet at the infrequency of appointments at Fernhill and consequent delays in getting vaccinations.

Robert Brown said:

"There are advantages in the best use of scarce staff from using the bigger centre - they can get more people done with the same staff. For people like me with a car it is no issue.

However I had understood from the briefings we got from Lanarkshire Health Board that, for others for whom travel to the centre was an issue, it would be a simple matter of going on the website or phoning them and getting a local slot at Fernhill. Fernhill is pretty accessible by bus from much of Rutherglen and indeed some of Cambuslang. It does seem though that getting a Fernhill slot is rather more limited than I expected,

My worry is that this will cause a lot of anxiety to people and perhaps result in some people not bothering. It is absolutely vital that everyone gets both doses of the vaccine. I would encourage people to go to the Alastair McCoist Centre if they can but also to change the appointment if they can’t.

I am writing to the Health Board to see if they can allocate more slots to Fernhill.”

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