More than 500 people received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a drop-in clinic in Cumnock Town Hall on Monday.

A drop-in opportunity took place at Cumnock Town Hall on Monday, June 7 where against the backdrop of rising cases of COVID-19 in our communities, and variants that are believed to be more transmissible, the offer for vaccination was opened to any adult in Ayrshire yet to have a first dose.

The clinic was extremely well attended, with 593 vaccines delivered on a drop-in basis, to people aged between 16 and 66.

Lynne McNiven, Director of Public Health, commented: "NHS Ayrshire & Arran has seen an incredible response to our local mass vaccination programme, and are continuing to vaccinate residents according to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) prioritisation as set out nationally.

"We want to vaccinate as many people as possible as swiftly as possible and to achieve this we are using a blended model of opportunities for people to receive their vaccine. This includes appointments at mass vaccination clinics, drop-in and outreach clinics, home visits for people who are housebound and care home residents, as well as in some cases vaccines being given to hospital inpatients.

"Thank you to everyone who attended and to the vaccination team’s hard work on the day."

The health board is currently vaccinating 30-39 year olds by appointment at local clinics.

If you haven’t received your blue envelope in the post yet, please call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 8am- 8pm, seven days a week. Appointment letters will be sent out throughout this month for the under 40s.

In the meantime, local 18-29 year olds can still use the pre-registration system for vaccine which is open until June 11, 2021. To do so, click here.