COVID-19 Vaccine Explainer Videos

It’s important you make your decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine based on reliable information.

It’s time to roll up your sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 can be serious whatever your age and the vaccine is your best protection against its effects. Make sure you use reliable sources when making your decision about getting the vaccine.

The vaccine will provide you with the best protection against COVID-19 and is both safe and effective. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡  

Safety cutdown

Side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine are common and much less serious than developing COVID-19, or complications associated with COVID-19. 

Not everyone will experience side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine. For those who do, these are usually mild and will go away within a few days. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is regulated by the MHRA and has been through the same safety checks as all other vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been developed quickly and safely as there is a huge global need and scientist have worked together like never before. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡  

Doses and Appointments cutdown

The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, or you may be able to register for the vaccine online. 

The COVID-19 vaccine works best if you have two doses, giving you the maximum amount of protection for a longer period of time. 

You need two doses of the vaccine to protect yourself against COVID-19. When offered, please get both doses. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡  


Pregnancy and Breastfeeding cutdown

There are no known risks from vaccination while breastfeeding, the vaccine does not affect fertility, and you don’t need to avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated. 

All pregnant women will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as people of the same age or risk group. 

 If you are pregnant you should discuss the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine with your clinician. 



Faith Leaders and Ingredients cutdown

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they don’t contain any animal products or egg. 

Faith leaders representing Scotland’s many different religious communities have recommended that people get the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡



COVID-19 Vaccination Status Scheme


Do not contact your GP practice about your coronavirus vaccination status.
GP’s cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status.

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access a record of their vaccination status has been launched.  This is an interim solution if you are travelling in next 21 days.
A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from NHS Inform at the link below : 

For people not online, they can requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline:

  • 0808 196 8565


Important Information for Patients

Important Information

Due to recent increase in COVID-19 cases locally we have had to make further changes to how the surgery operates in order to help protect both patients and staff. This includes :

Attending the practice

  • Do not come to the practice if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms 
  • You must only attend the practice if you spoken to a member of staff first and have been asked to attend
  • If you have an appointment you should plan to arrive just in time for your appointment starting. This is to limit the number of people in our waiting room
  • You must wear a face covering
  • When you arrive at the practice you should press the buzzer or phone reception from your mobile (0141 776 2468). Give your name and purpose of your visit. A member of staff will allow you access to the building after checking your temperature. Please remember to maintain your distance
  • We have a one way system in place 
    • Entry to the practice is now via the side door (to the left of the main sliding doors at the entrance Kirkintilloch Health Care Centre)
    • When exiting the practice you will be sign posted to use the fire exit directly in to the car park

Abusive Behaviour

Unfortunately our staff have experienced a significant increase in the amount of aggressive behaviour towards them during phone calls with patients. This will not be tolerated and as such staff have a right to end a call. Patients may also be removed from our list. 


  • All prescriptions will be sent to your nominated pharmacy
  • Please remember that all prescription requests will take 2 workings days to process. Please make sure you order your prescriptions in time to allow for this

Fit Notes

  • You can choose to either collect these from the door in to the practice, or have them posted to you

You can find out more about the changes we have had to make by visiting the page below

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Covid-19 Vaccine Update

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Update- 18.01.21

As you will be aware from media, there are issues with vaccine delivery to General Practice. As soon as vaccine supplies are available locally we will be in contact with eligible patients.

Please avoid calling the practice with any general queries about the COVID-19 vaccine as we are unable to give you any more information at this stage and we need to try and keep phone-lines open for people who are unwell and needing medical care.

If you have a general query about the COVID-19 vaccine, please look on the NHS Inform website or use the national helpline 0800 030 8013 (which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week).

Vaccine rollout to the general public, based on age and underlying health conditions, will start as soon as possible, and will depend on vaccine supply. This is likely to be at the start of the new year so please look out for a letter and a leaflet arriving in the post which will invite you to make an appointment for your vaccine. The first group to receive this will be the over 80s.

Many thanks for your ongoing patience and cooperation.

NHS Inform vaccine information :

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Protecting Vulnerable Patients


Shielding Guidance for high risk vulnerable patents.

On Monday 16 March the UK government announced a package of measures, advising those who
are at increased risk of severe illness because of COVID-19 to be particularly stringent in following
social distancing measures.

Patients who have specific conditions are likely to be at highest risk from COVID-19.

These conditions include

  • Solid organ transplant recipients
  • People with specific cancers
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radical radiotherapy for lung cancer
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system,
  • People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD (Chronic Obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell disease)
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • People who are pregnant with significant heart disease

Over the coming days, councils and health professionals will be working together to keep in
contact with you to make sure you have access to food supplies and any medicines you need. If, at
any point, you think you have developed symptoms of coronavirus, such as a new, continuous
cough and/or high temperature (above 37.8 °C), seek clinical advice by phoning the NHS on 111.
Do this as soon as you get symptoms.

This is different to the advice that we are giving people who do not fall into the very high risk
group, who are only being asked to contact the NHS if they feel very unwell. We are asking you to
get in touch sooner than we are advising everyone else.





Coronavirus – Scams

Scam Alert

The following information is important and will help stop you from falling for some of the scams that are currently going around.

When calling you back we aim to ensure the risk for spam and fraud are minimised. We will not call you unless you have initiated the communication (first call), and we will not require you to :

  • provide your financial details or passwords as part of any COVID19 communications
  • “verify” or “update” your details or “reactivate” an account or anything like that
  • reply to any text messages we send

If you think you might have responded to a text message scam and provided your personal or
financial details, contact your bank immediately. If you think you have received a call or text message
related to corona virus that you think is fraudulent please refer to the Action Fraud website at the link below.