Argyll and Bute: 60 per cent vaccinated

Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.
Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership HSCP

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An estimated 60 per cent of the population of Argyll and Bute have had their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, a report has revealed.

More than 44,000 people in the area have received their first dose as of Tuesday March 23, according to statistics in the Covid-19 update document due to go before the integration joint board (IJB) of the Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) at its virtual meeting on Wednesday March 31.

It is also reckoned that vaccines for people in the area aged 18 to 49 who are not in the vulnerable category will begin at the end of April.

A table in the report, based on information from Public Health Scotland, shows that Covid-19 cases have been very limited in Argyll and Bute in recent weeks.

In the past two weeks on record, no part of the area had more than two cases, apart from four in Helensburgh North in the seven days before Saturday March 20.

As of Thursday March 25, Public Health Scotland’s online portal showed that there had been six cases in Argyll and Bute in the seven days up to Monday March 22.

This amounts to seven cases per 100,000 of the population – the third lowest for a council area in Scotland behind only the Orkney Islands (4.5) and Scottish Borders (3.5).

Wednesday’s meeting was also schedule to hear health chiefs predict a £2 million underspend on services in Argyll and Bute – just three months after an overspend of £1.9m was being forecast.

Funding worth £7.6m for social work has boosted the financial position of the area’s health and social care partnership.

Of the funding, £2.6m is ring-fenced for the 2022/23 financial year instead of 2021/22.

The latest underspend figure is was taken as of February 28.

Judy Orr, head of finance and transformation with the HSCP, said in her report on the latest figures: ‘The forecast outturn is significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. All work on delivery of savings was halted for two months at the end of March 2020 as resource was put on to mobilising for the pandemic.’