More than half Forth Valley population has now received COVID vaccine

More than half of the Forth Valley population has now received the Covid-19 vaccine.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 10:19 am

So far, more than 128,000 people had had their jag as the programme is rolled out to those aged over 60, people aged 16 to 64 years with certain underlying health conditions, and a number of unpaid carers.

Work is now underway to deliver the vaccine to the last two priority groups – those aged between 55 and 59 years old, and 50-54.

NHS Forth Valley said everyone aged over 50 should now have received an appointment to attend a vaccination session in the next few weeks.

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It aims to complete the vaccination for these priority groups by mid-April - in line with national targets.

Second doses continue to the delivered and the vast majority of care home residents in Forth Valley have now received them.

Jillian Taylor, operational lead for NHS Forth Valley’s Covid-19 vaccination programme, said: “We are delighted that we are on track to complete the vaccination of all 9 priority groups on or ahead of schedule.

“ These groups represent around 99% of preventable deaths from COVID-19 which means we have protected the most vulnerable people in our local communities who are most at risk from the virus.”She added: “I’d like to thank everyone involved in delivering this large and complex vaccination programme over the last few months as it has been a real team effort.

“Work is now underway to finalise vaccination plans and venues for those aged under 50 with the aim of completing the roll out to the remainder of the adult population by the end of July.”

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