Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon reveals almost half of over 80s have been vaccinated against Covid-19

Nearly half of all Scots aged over 80-years-old have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the First Minister has announced.

Speaking at her daily press briefing, Nicola Sturgeon said 46 per cent of all over 80s had been given a jab since the start of the vaccine rollout.

At the same time, she revealed that the Scottish Government would publish more detailed data on its immunization effort, including breakdowns of the number of people who have been vaccinated in each age and risk category.

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“For example,” Ms Sturgeon explained, “the figures will show today, in addition to 95 per cent of residents in older adult care homes, and 95 per cent of frontline health and care workers, we have also now vaccinated 46 per cent of all over 80-year-olds in Scotland.

“That's up from the 34 per cent that I indicated when I stood here on Friday.”

Ms Sturgeon added that Scotland was “well on track” to meet its target date for the complete vaccination of all over 80s in the population.

The First Minister also told those aged between 70 and 79 to expect to receive letters over the next two weeks, inviting them to receive their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The letters being sent out this week will be in white envelopes and will have the NHS logo clearly shown on the right hand side.

Nearly half of all Scots aged over 80-years-old have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, the First Minister has announced. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP)

“It's in your interest and obviously in everybody else's interest for you to accept the appointment and get vaccinated as soon as possible,” Ms Sturgeon urged.

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