• Kenneth Gibson

Over Third of Scotland’s Eligible People Vaccinated against COVID-19


At Wednesday 24 February’s end, Scotland’s vaccination programme had delivered first doses of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine to 1,515,980 people; over a third of the entire adult population.


Almost everyone over 70 has now been vaccinated, and amongst those aged 65-69, vaccinations already exceed 85% (255,266). This cohort is due to be completed by this Sunday’s end.


People with underlying health conditions and unpaid carers are now being inoculated too; the next group on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation’s priority list.


Meanwhile, second doses of the vaccine are being given to residents in care homes and the staff who look after them. Frontline Health and Social Care workers are also receiving their second jabs.


Some vaccine supplies were held back in order to deliver second doses on time to these cohorts.


Heath Secretary Jeane Freeman MSP said:


“Scotland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme continues to deliver at pace, thanks to the enormous efforts of our vaccination teams.


“I thank everyone who is working tirelessly to make this programme a success, and each individual who has taken up the offer of vaccination.”


Kenneth Gibson MSP added:


“The vaccination programme is one of three key ways we are working to beat this virus, along with our expanded testing programme to identify cases and break chains of transmission and, of course, the restrictions everyone in North Ayrshire and Scotland must follow.


“These measures will best succeed when combined. We will beat the coronavirus together, so please continue sticking with the restrictions and accept your vaccination when offered an appointment.”


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