Fife set to roll out COVID vaccines for 55-59 year olds

Fife is set to begin the roll-out of COVID vaccinations to people aged between 55 and 59.

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 8:24 am

The eighth group on the priority list will start to get their jags from Monday - with those in the 50-54 category commencing the following week.

The moves come as the volume of vaccine available to Scotland is expected to increase.

Provided these supplies arrive, the vaccination infrastructure across the country is ready to deliver around 400,000 vaccines a week from the end of the March.

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The national vaccination programme is currently moving through group six on the priority list which includes those with particular underlying health conditions and unpaid carers.

A new self-referral online service launches next week to help any eligible unpaid carers who have not received an invitation to register themselves.

Jeane Freeman, Heath Secretary said: “I am delighted that Scotland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is now able to move to the final stages of vaccinating the first nine priority groups before progressing to people aged under 50.

“We have always said delivery of the vaccination programme is subject to supply and on that basis I am confident we remain on target to offer a first vaccination to all those in the phase 1 priority groups by the middle of April and the remainder of the adult population by the end of July.

“The roll-out continues to deliver at pace, which is down to the enormous efforts of our vaccination teams. I would like to thank everyone who is working tirelessly to make this a success.

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