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Coronavirus / Nearly 90 per cent of islanders have had first Covid vaccine dose

NEARLY 90 percent of adults in Shetland have now received their first Covid vaccine dose, according to new figures.

A total of 16,101 people had received the first dose up to Sunday (16 May).

This includes 100 per cent of people aged 70 and above, while good progress is continuing in first doses for people aged under 40.

The current figures show that more 75.9 per cent of people in their 30s have had a first dose, while that is 68.1 per cent for 18 to 29 year olds.

Figures also show that percentage-wise more women than men in the isles have received the vaccine. Just under 91 per cent of women in Shetland have so far had their first dose, compared to 85.9 per cent of men.

Almost 50 per cent of adults in Shetland, meanwhile, have had a second dose. This amounts to 8,981 people.

Shetland’s figures are among the highest in Scotland.

On Saturday the Scottish Government announced that across the country two thirds of the eligible population had received first doses.

Shetland, meanwhile, once again registered no new confirmed cases of coronavirus today (Monday).

The last time Shetland’s tally of cases increased was back on 13 April, and those were understood to be related to crew on a visiting shipping vessel.