FM hails ‘significant extension’ of Scotland’s coronavirus vaccine programme


icola Sturgeon has confirmed a significant extension to Scotland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme – with jabs to be offered to all children aged between 12 and 15, as well as with booster doses for the over-50s.

She hailed the changes – which come after advice from the UK’s chief medical officers and from experts at the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) as a “significant, and very welcome, extension of the vaccine programme”.

The First Minister added that these measures would “help us considerably in our ongoing efforts against this virus”.

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From Monday youngsters aged between 12 and 15 will be able to get a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at drop-in clinics across Scotland

Letters will also be sent out to children in this age group, while the injections will also be given at schools later in vaccination the campaign.

While the JCVI refused to recommend jabs for 12 to 15-year-olds, the chief medical officers looked again at the issue – considering also the effect vaccinations could have on reducing disruption to education.

Youngsters aged between 12 and 15 can visit a drop in clinic for a Covid vaccine from Monday. (Owen HUmphreys/PA)

They recommended going ahead with a vaccine campaign, with Ms Sturgeon confirming to Holyrood the Scottish Government would implement this.

She said: “We believe that vaccination of 12 to 15-year-olds is important and we will therefore move to implement the advice as quickly as possible.”

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross stated that this, together with a booster vaccine campaign for older Scots, had “the potential to be game-changing in halting the spread of Covid this winter”.

Children aged between 12 and 15 will be given the Pfizer vaccine (PA/PA Wire).

He called for mobile vaccination units at every school “to encourage uptake, particularly those in areas where vaccination rates are low”.

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