Scotland begins Coronavirus Vaccinations

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Centres across Scotland are beginning the roll out of The Pfizer/ BioNTech Coronavirus vaccination.

An initial batch of 65,000 doses were brought to Scotland over the weekend and are now being stored at 23 sites acting as vaccination centres for priority groups.

The first person in the world to receive the vaccine was 90- year-old Margaret Keenan who was given the vaccination at a hospital in Coventry.

Margaret Keenan receiving her Coroanvirus vaccine by matron May Parsons at University Hospital, Coventry. Credit: – The BBC

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said watching the video of Keenan receiving the vaccine had given her “a lump in the throat”.

Sturgeon encouraged everyone to be patient and stick to the Coronavirus rules as the vaccination programme is rolled out.

The decision as to who is vaccinated and when is made by the UK’s joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

It was advised those delivering the vaccination programmed should be first to receive, followed by frontline health and social care staff and care home residents.

Eventually, the vaccination will be rolled out to all those over the age of 18.

Each person requires two doses, spaced at least 21 days apart.

The temperature the vaccine had been required to be stored under had prompted problems for the government for delivering it to care homes but after receiving more information about transportation the government said this was now possible.

Planning is now underway for the vaccine to be delivered to care home residents from 14 December.

The vaccine is said to not offer full protection until about another week after the second vaccination has been administered.

A second shipment of the Pfizer vaccine is due to arrive in Britain next week.

Feature Image Credit: – The BBC/ PA Media

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