Nearly two-thirds of adults in Aberdeenshire have received Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly two-thirds of adults in Aberdeenshire have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 10:16 am
The successful roll-out of the vaccine has enabled the First Minister to ease some of the restrictions.

Public Health Scotland data shows 131,387 people Aberdeenshire had received their first jab by April 13.

That was up two per cent from 128,241 a week earlier.

It means 62 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Aberdeenshire have now received their first dose, using the latest Scottish population estimates.

The figures include 36,933 people who had their second dose, meaning 17 per cent of over-16s have now had both jabs.

Across Scotland, 2.7 million people received a jab by April 13, 59 per cent of the population.

That was an increase of four per cent from 2.6 million the week before.

The data also shows that 634,000 people across Scotland have received both jabs, 14 per cent of the population.

This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the easing of some travel restrictions due to prevalence of the virus decreasing.

More people are also be able to meet up outdoors, with the limit increasing to six adults from six households.

However Conservative leader Douglas Ross is calling for gyms and hospitality to also open sooner than the planned date of May 17.

He said: "The UK vaccine scheme is starting to provide us with a path out of this health crisis.

“We need to remain cautious – but we also have to recognise the brutal impact that restrictions are having on mental health, physical health and family finances.

“We have to lift restrictions as soon as it is safe to do so, while remaining cautious and playing our part to suppress the virus."

The data shows 2.1 million people aged 50 and over had received their first jab across Scotland – 97 per cent of the age group.

Public Health Scotland's vaccination rollout began on December 8, with doses given first to care home staff and residents, frontline health workers and people aged 80 and over.

Phase one of the programme will end once everyone over 50 and the most vulnerable have received a jab.

Vaccinations are being delivered through GP practices, health centres and local clinics as well as at large vaccinations centres in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.

Following the first dose of the vaccine, a second jab is offered up to 12 weeks later.