Covid Scotland: Scottish Government accused of pushing back Covid-19 vaccination dates
The NHS Inform website now states Covid jabs for the “other eligible groups” – which includes adults over 50 and those between 16 and 49 who are adult, young or unpaid carers, living with someone who is immunosuppressed and those with underlying health conditions – will now be able to book their third dose from “mid-November”.
But an announcement by the Scottish Government on September 14 shows the intention to ensure these groups can book via an online portal from this month.
The guide, which allows Scots to choose from a list of categories which best describes their situation, also says third doses could continue into January.
The website, which was updated on October 15, said: “A booking portal will be available from mid-November.
“Vaccinations will start from mid-November and run through December and early January.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton accused the Scottish Government of “sneaking out” the changes.
“We know that caseloads are still far too high so there can be no excuses for these delays,” he said.
“The Health Secretary needs to tell the public what steps he will take to speed up this rollout.
“I am concerned that we have seen errors creeping into the vaccination programme.
“Elderly constituents are being told they need to travel out of town to get jabbed and there seems to be a lack of joined up thinking in not delivering flu jabs at the same time.
“Last winter we were facing an unprecedented pandemic. There can be no such excuses for the Health Secretary this time around.”
Scottish Tory health spokesman, Dr Sandesh Gulhane, said: “The SNP are sneakily shifting the goalposts on their own vaccination timelines. These documents show how they have quietly dropped their initial targets.
“When the SNP should be quickening the pace of the vaccine booster jag scheme at every turn, instead, they are slowing it down.
“Humza Yousaf needs to urgently step up his game and guarantee jags will be in the arms of those eligible as soon as possible.”
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