Omicron: Almost three million ‘boosted by the bells’ in Scotland
Almost three million Scots received their coronavirus booster vaccine before New Year’s Eve after a campaign to “get boosted by the bells”.
Health Secretary Humza Yousaf thanked those who had their third dose by Hogmanay and praised vaccination and frontline staff who have boosted 2,979,334 people.
The minister said it is “everyone’s duty to get a jab”, with 76.7% of eligible adults now boosted.
The Scottish Government had aimed to vaccinate 80% of eligible adults with boosters by midnight on Hogmanay but blamed high infection levels for people delaying or not turning up for appointments.
All eligible over-18s have now been offered appointments to get a booster vaccine, the Scottish Government has said.
Booster take-up rose in the lead up to Christmas but declined over the festive period, with 34,357 boosters in the 24 hours before New Year’s Eve.
Mr Yousaf said: “Since the emergence of the Omicron variant there has been an heroic and monumental effort by everyone on Scotland’s vaccination programme to make sure we can deliver booster vaccines as quickly as possible – my heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in the delivery of the programme and to everyone coming forward to be boosted.
“In the week ending December 26 and with many areas suffering high infection rates, we achieved record-breaking numbers of vaccinations, with 77,927 jabbed on the busiest day – that’s more than one every second during vaccine centre opening hours.
“To deliver maximum benefits we need as many people as possible to get boosted as quickly as possible.
“It is everyone’s duty to get a jab if you haven’t already – vaccination could literally save your life as well as keeping family, friends and loved ones safe.
“It is never too late to receive your booster – or even a first or second dose – so please come forward as soon as possible as there is capacity available to get you vaccinated.”
“We know that many people have been unable to attend their appointments due to the virus,” he said.
“This has been the most common reason for people cancelling their appointment via the helpline.
“Anyone who has had to delay their booster due to a Covid-19 infection or isolation period can arrange a new appointment, 28 days after their positive PCR test.”