Hundreds of Borderers have been left frustrated after being unable to get an appointment for their flu vaccinations.
Eligible Borderers for the vaccination received a letter from NHS Borders and were asked to phone a designated helpline to book an appointment.
However, many have been unable to get through, and have contacted Borders MP, John Lamont, to voice their frustration and to ask for help to secure an appointment.
There is a new process of vaccination this year, due to restrictions put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Mr Lamont contacted NHS Borders who say that the new system, and higher than usual uptake are to blame for the delays.
The MP says the Scottish Government should have done more to assist health boards deal with the significant increase in demand, and the need to do it in a COVID secure way.
John Lamont MP said: “It is absolutely right that NHS Borders are ensuring that the flu vaccination is delivered in COVID safe way. The consequences of an outbreak of COVID-19 at a traditional flu clinic would be unthinkable.
“It is reassuring to hear that there has been a big increase in appetite for this year’s vaccination, which is good news for people’s health, but is obviously causing difficulties in the booking system.
“Knowing that the normal vaccination process was not going to be suitable this year, the Scottish Government should have put in place more support to help NHS boards deal with the logistical issues.
“NHS Borders have reassured me that they are working at pace and that everyone who wants a vaccine will get one.”