Many Scots over the age of 50 will not be able to book time for a covid booster vaccination until December, Nicola Strugeon has said.
The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the booster jags during her pandemic briefing to Parliament and urged people to make a deal using the new online booking system.
Sturgeon said more than 54,000 people have made reservations since the online system opened Monday.
But the prime minister said boosters can only be given 24 weeks after the second jab, leaving middle-aged Scots waiting until mid-winter for extra protection.
Sturgeon said: “For many in the 50 to 59 age group, appointments will only be possible from December onwards.”
She added: “The vaccination program, of course, continues to be crucial in reducing the direct health damage caused by the virus.”
“The decline in Covid rates in older age groups and the decline in hospitalizations may well reflect the impact of the vaccine booster campaign.” I can confirm that more than one million booster hunts have now been administered. Over 70 percent of over 70s have now got a booster. “
We know that a booster rush significantly increases the effectiveness of the vaccine – so this high level of uptake is extremely important and we will continue to push it up as far as possible. “
All Scots aged 40 and over will be offered a third shot of a coronavirus vaccine after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization (JCVI) – which advises both Westminster and Holyrood – said the move would complement protection and help curb the spread of virus over the winter.
They also said 16- and 17-year-olds should receive a new shot.
Booster shots have so far been offered to people over the age of 60 as well as those with underlying health conditions and frontline health professionals.
The Prime Minister said: “Being vaccinated is still the most important thing any of us can do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our society. It is impossible to exaggerate how important it is to be vaccinated – so if you do not have done it. already, do it now. “
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