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Coronavirus / More than 10 per cent of local population have received first dose of vaccine

MORE than 10 per cent of Shetland’s population have now received the first dose of the Covid vaccine, new figures show.

Data from Public Health Scotland released today (Wednesday) highlight that more than 1,900 people in Shetland have received their first dose.

The figures are a few days behind, meaning the numbers will have grown. It will generally be offered to people aged 18 and over.

There are hopes locally that nearly all of those in the over 80 group will receive their first dose by the end of the week.

In the coming weeks mass vaccination centres will begin to open in Lerwick and Scalloway as the eligibility of the vaccine widens.

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