SPECIAL vaccination clinics are being launched in Inverclyde to increase uptake of the coronavirus booster jab.

Older and 'highest risk' people will now be able to access the jag and flu immunisation shots closer to home thanks to two local 'pop-up' clinics.

Vaccination centres are being set up at the Gamble Halls in Gourock and at the Cargill Centre in Kilmacolm.

The temporary facilities are for people over 70, and individuals who were previously shielding and are now struggling to get to the main vaccination centres in Greenock and Port Glasgow.

New appointments can be booked for the centres and existing appointments can be rescheduled.

Councillor Robert Moran, Inverclyde's health and social care convener, says it is crucial that Covid-19 boosters and flu jags are made as accessible as possible for older and vulnerable people as winter approaches.

Mr Moran added: "Both clinics in Greenock and Port Glasgow town halls have been hugely successful for flu and Covid-19 vaccines over the last year or so and uptake has been generally excellent.

"The addition of these two community-based venues will help boost uptake further, by making it easier for people to attend appointments closer to home."

The Gamble Halls clinics will be open on October 28 and 30 and again on November 4, 5 and 6.

Appointments in the Cargill Centre will be available on October 28, 29 and 30 and on November 4, 5 and 6 .

To find out more about booking or rescheduling appointments visit www.nhsinform.scot or phone the free national helpline on 0800 030 8013.