Care home vaccinations begin

Published on 14 Dec 2020

Residents of care homes for older people in Scotland will begin to receive the Pfizer vaccine against coronavirus (COVID-19) from today.

After more than 5,000 key NHS workers and vaccinators received the Pfizer vaccine in the first few days of the programme, it is now being extended to include care home staff and residents.

Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeane Freeman said that care home residents would be prioritised for receipt of the vaccine from current supplies, but warned that pace of the vaccine delivery programme remains dependent on the supply of doses.

She said: “This is another important moment in our journey through the coronavirus pandemic and I am delighted that we have received the authorisation we need to enable us to vaccinate the most vulnerable people in our care homes.

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