Coronavirus in Scotland: Homeless Scots added to JCVI vaccination Priority Group Six

Rough sleepers and people in emergency accommodation will be added to one of the Scottish Government’s vaccination priority groups, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced.

The move, prompted by new advice issued by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) will see tens of thousands of Scots in insecure housing conditions join priority group six.

The same cohort also contains unpaid carers aged 16 to 64, alongside adults with eligible at-risk health conditions.

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Sign up to our public interest bulletins - get the latest news on the Coronavirus

Ms Freeman said the Scottish Government “fully expected” to offer first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to the remaining priority groups by mid April, with increased supply of the vaccine allowing around 800,000 people to be vaccinated over the next two weeks.

Official figures show that 1,844,636 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine since the start of the rollout, up 18,836 from yesterday.

A further 149,409 have now also received their second dose.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this article. We're more reliant on your support than ever as the shift in consumer habits brought about by coronavirus impacts our advertisers.

Rough sleepers and people in emergency accommodation will be added to one of the Scottish Government’s vaccination priority groups, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)
Rough sleepers and people in emergency accommodation will be added to one of the Scottish Government’s vaccination priority groups, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman has announced. (Photo by Andrew Milligan - Pool/Getty Images)

If you haven't already, please consider supporting our trusted, fact-checked journalism by taking out a digital subscription.

 0 comments

Want to join the conversation? Please or to comment on this article.