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Coronavirus / New Covid vaccine arrives

Pharmacy technician Zandra Williamson with the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photo: NHS Shetland

SHETLAND’s first delivery of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine arrived today (6 January).

The first batch is enough for 200 doses, with more deliveries expected soon.

The vaccine is the second to be approved for use in the UK.

NHS Shetland public health principal Elizabeth Robinson previously said it was the “one we have been waiting for” as it can be stored at normal fridge temperatures, making it easier to transport than the first vaccine.

The health board said that 435 people – NHS and social care staff as well as care home residents – have so far been vaccinated with the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

NHS Shetland hopes to have over 2,000 people vaccinated by the end of January, depending on supply.