How many people have been vaccinated in Scotland? Update on number of people who have received Covid vaccine

The Scottish Government is aiming to vaccinate 3.4m people by May

Monday, 15th March 2021, 2:42 pm

Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, an effective vaccine has been championed as the key to returning to normal life.

Now, UK regulators have approved three vaccines for widespread usage; Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna.

The logistics of rolling out a vaccine are far from simple, however, and with the country in the grips of a second wave, and a second lockdown period, the stakes could hardly be higher.

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Scotland's vaccine rollout is underway (Getty Images)

Health Secretary Jeanne Freeman laid out the country's plan of escape on January 13 with the goal of reaching 400,000 vaccinations a week by the end of February.

But just how effective has Scotland’s vaccine rollout been thus far?

What number of people in Scotland have received a first vaccination?

According to UK government statistics, as of March 15, 1,888,697 people living in Scotland have received their first dose of the vaccination.

What number of people in Scotland have received a second vaccination?

According to UK government statistics, as of March 15, 160,038 people living in Scotland have received their second dose of the vaccination

Which vaccinations are people in Scotland receiving?

Scotland-based patients are currently receiving either the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab or the Pfizer jab.

The Moderna vaccine, which was approved in early January, will be available for usage in Mid-April.

How will vaccines be rolled out in Scotland?

On January 13 the Scottish Government unveiled its plan for rolling out the Covid vaccine in the form of a 16 page document.

In what it has called “the largest mass vaccination programme”, the government plans to vaccinate 400,000 each week from the end of February.

By mid-March, the government expects to receive a weekly supply of more than 300,000 coronavirus vaccines.

Vaccinations will take place in care homes, where needed into people’s own homes, through GP surgeries, local vaccination clinics, community pharmacies, mobile vaccination units and mass vaccination centres.

When will I receive a vaccination?

Vaccinations will be grouped in priority groups - these are as follows:

– Group 1: Residents and workers in care homes for older people (30,000 residents, 45,000 staff); All those over 80 years of age and over (250,000).

– Group 2: Patient-facing, frontline healthcare workers; Non-clinical but patient facing staff in secondary or primary care/community healthcare settings; Laboratory and pathology staff; Social care staff directly involved in the care of their service users (230,000).

– Group 3: All those 75 years of age and over (190,000).

– Group 4: All those 70 years of age and over (280,000); Clinically extremely vulnerable individuals (110,000).

– Group 5: All those 65 years of age and over (280,000).

– Group 6: All individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality and unpaid carers (1,010,000).

– Group 7: All those 60 years of age and over (280,000).

– Group 8: All those 55 years of age and over (330,000).

– Group 9: All those 50 years of age and over (340,000).

– Group 10: All remaining (3,375,000)

Those in groups 1-9 are expected to have received at least one vaccination by early May 2021, with a target to have been given their second vaccination by mid-July.