Vaccination drive gives Scotland ‘hope for the future’, health secretary says

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The Scottish Health Secretary hailed the country’s program as a “tremendous success” until a year after the massive vaccination campaign began.

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In the largest vaccination program ever seen, some 4,355,063 first doses, 3,962,203 second doses and 1,922,604 boosters and third doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered from around 1,200 locations in Scotland.

Hamza Yusuf, the country’s health secretary, said: “The national immunization program has given us all hope for the future. It is a tremendous success.”

Scottish Health Secretary Hamza Youssef, who described the vaccination campaign as a success (Andrew Milligan/PA)

More than 17,800 vaccinators and staff work in more than 750 GP surgeries to administer the shots. According to a recent paper by the World Health Organization, their hard work has prevented more than 27,000 deaths as a direct result of rapid vaccines.

“From the beginning, our health boards and vaccination teams have worked tirelessly and at an extraordinary pace over the past 12 months to give everyone the opportunity to be protected against the coronavirus,” the health secretary said.

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“Indeed, they have given more first, second, booster and third doses per capita than any other UK country and we are very grateful for their professionalism and continued dedication,” the health secretary said.

The UK vaccine program began on 8 December last year, with doses distributed to all four countries. Now it’s on a campaign to deliver as many boosters as possible in an effort to stop the Omicron version in its tracks.

As the vaccination campaign continues, it was revealed by Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that 99 cases of the Omicron variant have been confirmed in the country.

The Covid-19 variant, she told MSP on Tuesday, makes up about 4% of coronavirus cases, but the doubling time for Omicron cases “could be shortened by two to three days”, and the “R number associated with the new variant” There can be more than two”.

And Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a UK cabinet meeting that it was “too early to draw conclusions on Omicron’s characteristics” but that there were “early signs that it was more permeable than Delta”.

Mr Yusuf urged people to book an appointment to get a wake if eligible, adding: “While vaccination is the cornerstone of our fight against COVID-19, it is especially important with the emergence of the Omicron edition That we should take other precautions to prevent this. transmission.”

He added: “So get tested regularly for the virus, especially before socializing and meeting with other people outside your home, wear face masks where necessary and open windows to improve ventilation.”


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