Nearly a quarter of people in Midlothian are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Nearly a quarter of people in Midlothian have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

Monday, 3rd May 2021, 6:00 am
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Public Health Scotland data shows 17,089 people Midlothian had received both jabs by April 28. That was up 3,616 compared to the previous week.

It means 23 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Midlothian have now received two doses, using the latest Scottish population estimates.

Across Scotland, 1.2 million people had received both jabs by April 28, 26 per cent of the population. That was an increase of 266,000 from the week before. The data also shows that 2.8 million people across Scotland have received a first jab, 62 per cent of the population.

Last week, the country moved from Level 4 to Level 3 of Covid restrictions.

Everyone in the country is now also able to access rapid coronavirus testing, even if they have no symptoms.

Medical experts said the expansion of testing will help efforts to ease the country out of lockdown safely as it will be important to identify and prevent new outbreaks.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said: “It may be tempting to think as vaccinations increase and cases drop, that testing will become less important. In fact, this will only make it more important to spot and prevent new outbreaks as cases emerge.

"We know from our experience of last summer just how quickly one outbreak can lead to another.

“This also applies regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.

"While the latest evidence suggests vaccines provide a high level of protection against the effects of Covid-19, they don’t yet provide a guarantee that you can’t still get the virus or pass it on to others.”

The data shows 2.4 million people aged 40 and over had received a first jab across Scotland – 85 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 the older age groups.

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.