Region smashes target for Covid-19 boosters

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Argyll and Bute smashed the national target for Covid-19 booster vaccinations to be given by the end of 2021, a report has revealed.

More than 57,000 eligible residents in the area had received their booster jab by December 31 – a total of 85 per cent, which has since increased to 87 per cent.

The area’s previous highest number of vaccinations administered in one day was also doubled as part of the drive to get residents boosted by the bells.

The area is now ranked eighth out of Scotland’s 32 council areas for the number of people to be fully vaccinated including a booster. Clinics in the area remain open until at least the end of March.

The details are given in a report by Fiona Davies, interim chief officer of the area’s health and social care partnership.

The partnership’s integration joint board will discuss the report at its virtual meeting on Wednesday January 26.

Ms Davies said: ‘National targets by December 31, 2021, were to provide boosters to at least 80 per cent of adults (18 and over) within the population of the HSCP area. The percentage measured reflected the number who had received two doses previously.

‘Argyll and Bute had 67,534 adults eligible for a booster vaccination and have provided 57,357 booster vaccinations (85 per cent) which exceeded the target.

‘There is significant uptake, with all age groups above 55 above 90 per cent, 50-54 [at] 85 per cent, 40-49 [at] 77 per cent and 30-39 [at] 67 per cent. [Ages] 18-29 had the lowest uptake and may be impacted by eligibility from a previous second dose.

‘During planning, it was calculated to meet the target the number of boosters required daily would have to exceed the previous highest vaccination day by 100 per cent, which was achieved.

‘There are approximately 60 Covid vaccination clinics across various locations in Argyll and Bute. The planned schedule goes up to March with more still to be added and further vaccination in eligible groups such as under 18 years.’

Ms Davies added: ‘To date 87 per cent of people in Argyll and Bute aged 18 and over have now received their booster.

‘Out of the 32 council areas in Scotland Argyll and Bute is in eighth position for the overall number of people vaccinated.’

A list of vaccination clinics in Argyll and Bute, and what dates they are open, can be found on the NHS Highland website.