Earlier today, Wednesday 13 January 2021, the Cabinet Secretary for Health made a detailed statement about the Covid 19 vaccination programme in Scotland.
As the vaccine is rolled out, more than 80% of care home residents in Scotland, and more than half of frontline health and social care workers have now received their jab.
The vaccination of those over the age of 80 is underway and gathering speed. First doses for the over 80s will be completed by the start of February. Everyone aged over 70 will have been offered vaccination by mid-February.
It is the aim to vaccinate all over 65s and those with extreme clinical vulnerability by the end of February. The aim is to roll out the vaccine as quickly as it becomes available.
This means in around 6 or 7 weeks time, 1.4 million people will have received at least the first dose of vaccine, approaching a third of the population.
To support this, more than 1100 vaccination centres in Scotland are already operational. That number will increase – with mass centres opening too – as supplies increase.
It goes without saying, Vaccination offers us a route back to a more normal life, and gives us real hope for the future.
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