Half of Midlothian adults have received Covid vaccine dose

More than half of people in Midlothian have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 6:00 am
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Public Health Scotland data shows 40,084 people Midlothian had received their first jab by March 31.

That was up 5 per cent from 38,178 a week earlier.

It means 54 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Midlothian have now received their first dose, using the latest Scottish population estimates.

The figures include 8,006 people who had their second dose, meaning 11 per cent of over-16s have now had both jabs.

Across Scotland, 2.5 million people received a jab by March 31, 55 per cent of the population. That was an increase of 9 per cent from 2.3 million the week before.

The data also shows that 399,000 people across Scotland have received both jabs, 9 per cent of the population.

This week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland’s vaccine rollout has exceeded expectations.

She said: “The figures confirm the very good progress in the last three months.

“The progress in the vaccination programme is, if anything, better than we could have dared hope for back at the turn of the year.”

The data shows 2 million people aged 50 and over had received their first jab across Scotland – 90 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.