Scotland says on track to vaccinate all 65 to 69 year olds by early March

World | 22 Feb 2021 9:03 pm

Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says more than 1.4 million have received a coronavirus vaccine dose so far, Sky News reports.

She said 1,445,488 people have now received their first dose of the vaccine – an increase of 13,546 since yesterday.

And 1,863 people have also received their second dose.

"We expect to see that ramp up again in the weeks to come, take-up rates in all of the initial priority categories, which are categories one to four of the list, has been extraordinarily high," she says.

"We have now given a first dose to 96 percent of 70 to 74 year olds and an even higher proportion of 75 to 79 year olds."

She added that Scotland was "well on track" to vaccinate all 65 to 69 year olds by early March.

Sturgeon says the speed with which Scotland can offer first doses "is dependent on our supplies,'' and asks people in the priority six group to "show some patience as you have been doing already.''

She said the results of a new Edinburgh University study published this morning which showed the Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines reduced the risk of hospitalisation by up to 85 percent and 94 percent was "exceptionally encouraging news".

On children returning to school in a phased reopening approach, Ms Sturgeon says she hopes more children will "go back to school next month.''

"But at ability to achieve that depends on ability to continue to suppress the virus over time. Vaccination will play a bigger and bigger role, we hope, and allowing us to do that," she says.


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