As the Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to pick up pace, last week saw us pass the milestone of one million people in Scotland, having received their first dose of the vaccine.  

Ruth Maguire SNP MSP for Cunninghame South commented: 

“This is the biggest vaccination programme ever undertaken in Scotland and so this development is very encouraging news.  I would like to thank everyone locally who has come forward for vaccination when called.”

GP’s have been targeting vaccination to our clinically extremely vulnerable citizens and those who are housebound.  Mass vaccination centres have been established throughout North Ayrshire to deliver vaccine to the 65 to 79 age cohorts. Feedback from the centres has been overwhelmingly positive. The Scottish Government have indicated that the programme is on track to reach the target of administering the vaccine to all people aged over-70 by mid February. 

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said:

“We have now given first doses to more than a million people in the groups which were prioritised to address 99 per cent of preventable deaths associated with COVID-19. These include elderly care home residents and staff, frontline health and social care workers and those who are at risk of serious harm and death from this virus.

“Scotland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is delivering ahead of our expectations. Our aim is to vaccinate as many people as possible with both their first and second doses as quickly as possible but the speed at which we can do this depends on supply and we expect a dip in supplies UK wide towards the end of this month.

“We hope to see a significant drop in the disease due to the vaccination programme, however this will take a number of months to evaluate fully. In the shorter term, we are monitoring the uptake rate but we also have a comprehensive surveillance system in place to monitor outcome of vaccine efficacy and disease reduction.

“Each health board is working hard to get the vaccine into people’s arms as quickly as possible, and everyone eligible will be offered the vaccine as we work our way through the priority groups.”

 “We continue to urge everyone to take up their appointment when they are offered one. 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 the important lockdown restrictions everyone in Scotland must follow. All these measures work to greatest effect when they work together.”