COVID in Falkirk: Under 2000 children vaccinated against virus

Under 2000 children aged between five and 11 have been vaccinated against COVID in Falkirk - well below many other Scottish areas.

Thursday, 12th May 2022, 5:31 pm

The figures published recently by Public Health Scotland also showed 68,000 children in Scotland had received at least one jag.

That represents 16% of the population in this age group - seven times higher than the rest of the UK where Northern Ireland has vaccinated just 2%, England 5%, and Wales 9%.

It is just one example of how parents across the UK have hugely varying attitudes towards immunising their children against coronavirus.

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Falkirk has 12,829 children in the age group, and, as of April 28, a total of 1771 had been vaccinated, giving a take up rate of 13.8%.

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That gave the district the ninth lowest vaccination rate.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “To encourage uptake, we have produced a number of resources including a leaflet providing key information for parents and carers and a marketing campaign across radio and digital channels.”