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Coronavirus / Covid vaccinations “well on track”, health board chairman says

Nurse Lorraine Smyle. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

NHS Shetland chairman Gary Robinson said the progress of Covid vaccinations in the isles is “well on track”.

It comes after the first of three mass vaccination centres in Shetland opened on Monday at the Independent Living Centre in Lerwick.

It saw the start of people over 70 receiving their first dose of the vaccine as eligibility begins to widen.

NHS Shetland chairman Gary Robinson.

Robinson is also a member of Lerwick Community Council and he gave a brief update during a meeting on Monday evening.

He said he was “really chuffed” to see the first mass vaccination clinic opening.

Robinson said he wanted to urge everybody to “get on down and get their vaccination” when offered.

“It’s all going really well and we are well on track to vaccinate the age groups that we need to vaccinate within the expected time scales,” he said.

The health board chairman reiterated that the pace of the rollout depends on vaccine supply, but he said that all seems to be on track too.

Despite the seeming good progress locally, headlines in the national papers today (Tuesday) focus on concerns over the pace of the rollout Scotland-wide.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday that Scotland had just recorded its lowest number of doses given out on a Sunday, although she said the NHS is “ahead of schedule” to complete first doses for all over-80s by Friday.

Sturgeon, meanwhile, will give an update to parliament this afternoon on the coronavirus restrictions in place across the country, as well as the potential reopening of schools and nurseries.