Health board urges patience as it send out appointments for vaccines
A call for patience is being made as appointments go out to people aged 40-49 in the region to receive their Covid-19 vaccinations.
Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership has made assurances everyone in this age category will be offered an appointment before the end of the month.
The national and local plan is to have offered a first dose vaccination to all eligible over 16s by July 31.
By May 4 there had been 89,472 (70 per cent) first dose and 59,678 (47.2 per cent) second dose vaccinations in the region.
Valerie White, Interim Director of Public Health in Dumfries and Galloway, said: “We’re extremely grateful for how well people have been working with us to ensure a roll-out that’s as swift and safe as possible.
“Because we have more older people per head than many other parts of the country, we’ve already vaccinated the vast majority of our population – who are among those most at risk.
“As national vaccine supplies are coming online, this allows us to progress through our younger cohorts – working on the basis everyone aged 40-49 will have received their first vaccination as we’re entering June.
“We appreciate there’s an eagerness for people to be vaccinated as quickly as possible, and we need everyone to take up that opportunity when it is presented .
"We would just ask for patience and further support as we head into these younger age groups.”