Roll-out of Covid-19 vaccine continues across Aberdeenshire

More than two in five people in Aberdeenshire have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 7:45 am
Everyone aged over 50 and the most vulnerable should be offered a first dose of the vaccine by the middle of April.

Public Health Scotland data shows 94,283 people Aberdeenshire had received their first jab by March 17.

That was up 13 per cent from 83,388 a week earlier.

It means 44 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Aberdeenshire have now received their first dose, using the latest Scottish population estimates.

Across Scotland, two million people received a jab by March 17, equating to 45 per cent of the population.

That was an increase of 11 per cent from 1.8 million the week before.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said a dip in vaccine supply will not affect vaccine targets in Scotland, after a shipment of the AstraZeneca jab from India encountered problems.

Ms Sturgeon said: “At present we expect that over the next month we will have approximately 500,000 fewer doses than we had previously anticipated.

“For that reason there may be periods in April where we need to prioritise second doses.

“However, I want to be clear today that we do still expect to offer a first dose of the vaccine to the remaining priority groups by the middle of next month as planned. We also still expect to have offered a first dose to all adults in the population by the end of July.”

The data shows 1.5 million people aged 55 and over had received their first jab across Scotland – 82 per cent of the age group.

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