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Coronavirus / One in five have had second Covid vaccine dose, figures show

The Pfizer vaccine. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

ONE in five adults in Shetland have now received a second Covid vaccine dose, according to the latest figures.

That figure amounts to 3,759 people.

For first doses, the figure up to Thursday (8 April) stands at 66.7 per cent, or 12,497 people.

Figures from Public Health Scotland show that 100 per cent of people aged 70 or over in Shetland have received their first dose.

More than 90 per cent of 50-54 year olds have had theirs too, while over half of 40-49 year olds have received the first dose.

That figure for 30-39 year olds is 27.3 per cent, and for 16-29 year olds it is 20.8 per cent.

While the vaccination programme has not yet moved into this age group generally, people aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions have been invited for injections.

More than 93 per cent of those 80+ have had their second dose, while that figure for 75-79 year olds is 57.3 per cent.

People in other age groups have also received the second dose.

It has also been confirmed that people aged 29 and under in the UK will be offered an alternative vaccine to the Astra Zeneca jab due to a possible link to rare blood clots.

A review by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) found that 79 cases and 19 deaths occurred in the UK after 20 million doses were administered.

The decision to offer under 30s an alternative vaccine was due to the balance of risk compared to older people, who are more likely to suffer from worse symptoms of Covid.

A third approved Covid vaccine, made by Moderna, is now being used in the UK, but it is unlikely be offered in Shetland due to the complexities of transportation and storage.