The next vaccination day at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs is on Wednesday February 24.

There had been inital plans for the next vaccination event to be for this Sunday but this has had to changed.

An NHS spokesperson said: "The decision was taken to reschedule the Sunday session at Inverclyde to Wednesday, as there are road closures this weekend, with a lengthy diversion, which would have affected those attending, as well as volunteers."

The next vaccination day in West Kilbride takes place at the Village Hall on February 25, and at the DA Hall in Millport on February 27.

A shuttle bus will be running once more between the Vikingar! and Inverclyde Sports Centre for the Largs vaccination event.

Since the mass vaccination centres in Ayrshire opened their doors on 1 February, 50,593 people have been welcomed to community venues for their vaccine.

In addition, NHS Ayrshire & Arran has given first dose vaccinations to all care home residents and staff, our frontline health and social care workforce, and local GP practices have delivered vaccinations to the over 80s, those in the shielding group and housebound patients.

Uptake has been very high and to date 110,700 vaccinations have been delivered locally since the programme began on 8 December 2020.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran Deputy Nursing Director Jenny Wilson is one of the local programme leads and has also been on the ground delivering vaccinations. She said: “Having delivered the first dose of the vaccine to those aged 65 to 79 we are now moving on to the next cohort of residents.

“The feedback from those attending the clinics has been overwhelmingly positive. And so if you receive an appointment to be vaccinated, please make sure you take up the offer.”

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NHS Ayrshire & Arran Chief Executive John Burns,pictured, added: “This week our focus is on second doses for care home residents in Ayrshire, as well as frontline health and social care staff, as these groups received their first dose earlier in the programme. We will now welcome the next priority group to mass vaccination centres from 20 February. Residents of Ayrshire who are in this next group will begin receiving letters inviting them to appointments this week.

“This vaccination programme is quite simply the biggest thing we have ever done and our teams are working tirelessly to deliver it as quickly as possible. I would ask that residents of Ayrshire are patient as we work through the programme.

“Remember that attending a vaccination appointment is an essential reason to leave the house in the current restrictions, and it is heartening to see so many Ayrshire residents coming forward.”

Planning is well underway for further cohorts of patients to receive their vaccinations beyond February. Details on future mass vaccination clinics will be published in due course.

John Burns adds: “Remember though, that it is still incredibly important to continue following the FACTS guidance, even after vaccination. It is the best way to continue protecting our families, friends and communities from the negative impacts of COVID-19.”