Four-fifths of the UK population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, with a booster programme announced for the over-50s this week.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs on Tuesday that the booster programme was “intended to prolong the protection that vaccines provide against severe Covid illness”.
She said: “Wherever possible, eligible people will be offered Covid-19 and flu vaccines together.”
The UK vaccine programme has averted 24 million cases and saved an estimated 112,000 lives, England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, told a Downing Street press conference on Tuesday.
As of September 12, 81% of UK residents aged over 16 had received two doses of a vaccine, according to official figures.