According to the World Health Organization, nearly 28,000 deaths have been averted in Scotland as a direct result of the COVID-19 vaccination programme so far.
A paper which was supported by Public Health Scotland and published in medical journal Eurosurveillance, estimated that 86% of anticipated deaths among people aged 60 and over – the equivalent of 27,656 since November last year – were avoided thanks to so many people receiving a vaccination.
Dr Nicholas Phin, Director of Public Health Science at Public Health Scotland, said the study provided further evidence that vaccination “remains the most effective way to protect ourselves” and urged people to get a booster as soon as they are eligible.
Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said the fact so many lives had been saved is"a testament to every individual who has taken up their offer of a vaccine", but added that further measures still need to remain in place.
Dr Smith said:
“While vaccination is the bedrock of our fight against COVID-19, we encourage everyone to follow protections such as regular testing, particularly before socialising and meeting up with others from outside your household, wearing face marks where required and opening windows to improve ventilation.”
Kenneth Gibson MSP said:
“These outcomes confirm what most of us already know – COVID vaccinations save lives.
“However, we must remember that while vaccinations help reduce the risk of getting and spreading the virus, and they can suppress symptoms, vaccinated people can still contract COVID and pass it on. It’s therefore important that even once vaccinated, we keep wearing masks and social distancing as much as we can.
“If you still haven’t had a chance to get vaccinated, please visit the NHSAA COVID-19 Vaccination website to see when and where you can drop in.
“My thoughts are with those who have lost their lives or their loved ones to COVID. Let’s do all we can to protect ourselves and each other.”
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