Nearly two-thirds of people in Midlothian receive Covid-19 vaccine

Nearly two-thirds of people in Midlothian have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:56 pm

Public Health Scotland data shows 47,220 people Midlothian had received their first jab by April 21.

That was up two per cent from 46,118 a week earlier. It means 63 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 13,122 people who had their second dose, meaning 18 per cent of over-16s have now had both jabs.

Across Scotland, 2.8 million people received a jab by April 21, 61 per cent of the population.

The data also shows that 898,000 people across Scotland have received both jabs, 20 per cent of the population.

The vaccine programme was at the centre of a clash between First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross this week.

In a heated exchange in a virtual debate staged by the National Union of Students in Scotland, Ms Sturgeon said it was “simply not true” to suggest Scotland could not have procured vaccine doses in the same number if it was no longer part of the UK.

Mr Ross had said the success of the programme was one of the “unquestionable benefits of the union”.

He added: “It is clear we have only been able to achieve this because we are part of the United Kingdom, which was procuring and developing these vaccines at the early stage of the pandemic.”

In response, Ms Sturgeon said: "The UK chose to procure in the way it did and you are saying Scotland couldn’t have chosen to do that with the other UK nations had we been a member of the EU. That is quite simply not true."

She added: "Stop talking down our vaccination programme for political purposes.”

The data shows 2.1 million people aged 50 and over had received their first jab across Scotland – 98 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.