Push to get second doses of vaccine given out quicker
New national directions have been issued placing an increased emphasis on second dose Covid-19 vaccinations.
Instructions from Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer come amid concerns around the potential risks posed by the B1.617.2 variant. Fortunately, in Dumfries and Galloway there have been no recorded cases of the variant .
New directions mean efforts should be made to provide people with their second jag within eight weeks rather than 12.
Commenting, Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “We don’t as yet have any recorded cases of the B1.617.2 within Dumfries and Galloway, but it should be anticipated that at some point we will.
“Having both doses of your Covid-19 vaccine provides the maximum protection, and fortunately we are well advanced within the region in terms of second doses. This is partly because we started further ahead of the national average with first doses and have a markedly older population than many other parts of the country.
“Although having an older population means we’ve got a very high percentage of people with both doses, it has presented a challenge ensuring our older cohorts receive their second doses while we continue to roll out first doses to younger cohorts. Nevertheless, we remain on course to ensure everyone will have received their second jag at the right time, and also to have completed first jags for the 40-49 age cohort by the required date of May 31.
“We’re also hopeful that this increased emphasis on accelerating second dose vaccinations will not impact on the continuing first dose roll-out.”