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POLL: Have your say as Covid-19 vaccination gets rolled out

By Chris Saunderson

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THE Covid-19 vaccination programme is in the early stages of being rolled out across Scotland.

A glimmer of hope in a glass vial. Picture: Daniel Forsyth
A glimmer of hope in a glass vial. Picture: Daniel Forsyth

Residents of care homes and the over 80s are the first people to be given an initial dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca.

They are the highest priority groups as they are more at risk of developing serious illness and dying if they contract coronavirus.

There are 30,000 residents and 45,00 staff in care homes.

There are an estimated 250,000 people aged over 80 in Scotland.

They will be followed by 230,000 frontline health staff, non-clinical staff and social care staff.

After that the over 75s, an estimated 190,000, will receive their first jab.

Those aged over 70 and those classed as clinically vulnerable, a cumulative 390,000, will then be next.

Everyone over the age of 65, 280,000, will be next in line, followed by anyone aged 16-64 with an underlying health condition, which is just over one million people.

People over the age of 60, 55, and 50 will be next, then followed by the rest of the adult population.

The Scottish Government has said there will be enough staff and infrastructure to vaccinate 400,000 people each week by the end of February.

Vaccination will take place in care homes, where needed into people’s own homes, through GP surgeries, local vaccination clinics, community pharmacies, mobile vaccination units and mass vaccination centres.

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