Almost all Argyll adults now fully vaccinated

Nurse John Mathieson vaccinating a patient at Campbeltown Hospital.
Nurse John Mathieson vaccinating a patient at Campbeltown Hospital.

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More than nine out of 10 adults in Argyll and Bute are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19, health officials have announced.

The percentage of 16- to 17-year-olds receiving their first Covid vaccine dose in the area is also already above 60 per cent, with more than 10 per cent already fully vaccinated, according to a new report.

The document went before members of the integration joint board (IJB) of Argyll and Bute’s health and social care partnership (HSCP) at its virtual meeting on Wednesday.

The vaccine uptake figures are accurate as of Tuesday, September 7.

‘Public Health Scotland reports that 69,987 people in Argyll and Bute (an estimated 98.4 per cent of the population aged 18+) have had a first dose,’ said Dr Nicola Schinaia, the HSCP’s associate director of public health.

‘[A total of] 64,166 people in Argyll and Bute (an estimated 90.2 per cent of the population aged 18+) have had a second dose.

‘An estimated 61.7 per cent of those aged 16 and 17 have had a first dose, and 11.5 per cent a second dose, in Argyll and Bute.’

On the delivery of the vaccination programme in Argyll and Bute to date, Dr Schinaia said: ‘The delivery of such an extensive vaccination programme should not be underrated and has not been without its challenges.

‘Vaccinations continue to progress well, mainly led by GPs for the public.

‘All of our practices delivered the vaccination programme to the adult population over 50.

‘One practice withdrew from the programme before the start of priority 10 group (age 40-49).

‘Another five practices have withdrawn from delivering the programme to priority groups 11 and 12 (ages 18-39).

‘Significant contingency planning was already in place to enable HSCP vaccination teams to step in and run HSCP clinics in Oban and Dunoon and assisting in Mull.

‘Contingency plans remain in place for any other areas in case any further practices withdraw.

‘The main reason for withdrawal is due to the complexity of managing the Pfizer vaccine and the space required for the 15-minute wait post vaccination.

‘Other challenges have included supply of vaccine but that now appears to be rectified and was short term.’

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