COVID in Fife: 6000 children vaccinated putting region near top of Scottish table

Over 6000 children aged between five and 11 have been vaccinated against COVID - putting the region in the top four in Scotland.

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 seem to be showing hugely varying attitudes towards immunising their children against coronavirus.

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Fife has 29,698 children in the age group, and, as of April 28, a total of 6006 had been vaccinated, giving a take up rate of 20.2%.

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That put Fife in the top four local authorities, just behind East Dunbartonshire which has vaccinated 23.7%.

At the other end of the table, the Highlands have given COVID jags to just 3.6% of youngsters there.

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 giving tailored information about vaccines for children.”