People in Ayrshire have an opportunity to get jagged in July as a number of COVID-19 drop-in vaccination clinics open this coming week.

If you are aged 18 or over and you live in Ayrshire, you can receive your vaccine to get the best protection for yourself, your family and your community against the virus.

Adults in Ayrshire who have not yet had their COVID-19 vaccine and anyone who had a first dose eight weeks ago or more can come forward on a drop-in basis at a number of locations next week, running from July 12 to 18 between 8.30am and 5.30pm.

Drop-in vaccinations are available at the following clinics:

Monday, July 12

Cumnock Town Hall

Thursday, July 15

Ardrossan Civic Centre

Largs Academy Campus

Friday, July 16 

Ardrossan Civic Centre

Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn

Saturday, July 17

Greenwood Conference Centre, Dreghorn

Sunday, July 18 

Girvan Community Hospital

Kilwinning Academy

These sessions can offer drop-in vaccinations in addition to appointed vaccines. If you have an appointment for any of these clinics, please attend as normal.

If you have received a first dose of vaccine more than eight weeks ago (56 days), and have missed your second vaccination appointment, or didn’t receive a notification of your second dose appointment, you can attend on a drop-in basis to have that second dose.

Guidelines now bring the dosing schedule forward from 12 to eight weeks between doses.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran Assistant Director of Public Health Lisa Davidson said: “COVID-19 hasn’t gone away. The Delta variant is more transmissible and local people are still getting coronavirus, in numbers that are higher than previous waves in the pandemic. In the past this level of community transmission would have led to lockdown but now we are enjoying fewer restrictions because of the success of the vaccine programme.

“In Ayrshire a fantastic number of people have come forward for vaccination and 85 per cent of our eligible adults have had at least one dose. But we want that to be even higher – especially among the younger people in our communities. If you are under 40 you might not think that you’ll be badly affected by coronavirus but it can be serious at any age.

"Vaccines are not mandatory but they are our best route out of the pandemic and evidence shows that those who are fully vaccinated are much less likely to experience severe symptoms or require hospitalisation."