Over half of Scotland's care home residents given second dose of Covid-19 vaccine

More than half of residents in Scotland's care homes have now received their second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

In total, 17,258 care home residents (58% of residents in older adult care homes and 54% of residents in all care homes) have received the second jag - which offers longer-lasting protection.

Across the country, 1.74 million people have now had their first dose and 114,081 have received their second.

Invitations are now being issued to all groups in phase one of the rollout - and the Scottish Government says subject to supply, the programme remains on track to offer first doses to all over 50-year-olds, unpaid carers and those with underlying health conditions by the middle of April.

Heath Secretary Jeane Freeman said: "I am pleased to see that more than half of care home residents have received their second doses, giving them longer lasting protection.

"I want to thank all those who have taken up their offer of a vaccination – the high take up in these settings has contributed to a reduction in outbreaks of the virus in care homes.

"Alongside other protections in place, vaccination has also helped to enable the resumption of indoor visiting, reuniting families with their loved ones.

"Scotland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme continues to deliver at pace, which is down to the enormous efforts of our vaccination teams and I want to thank everyone who is working tirelessly to make this a success.

"The vaccination programme is one of three key ways we are working to beat this virus, along with our expanded testing programme to identify cases and break chains of transmission and the important lockdown restrictions everyone in Scotland must follow. All these measures work to greatest effect when they work together."

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