More than 7,000 Shetlanders have received first dose of Covid-19 vaccination

More than 7,000 Shetlanders have now received their first dose of the Covid-19 jab.

NHS Shetland health board chairman Gary Robinson said he was “delighted” to make the announcement at today’s board meeting. 

As of yesterday (Monday) morning, 7,041 people had received their first vaccination – equivalent to 37.6 per cent of the adult population.

“Whilst we know there remains no room for complacency and continue to follow all the public health guidance it’s encouraging that some of the most vulnerable members of the community and  frontline health and care staff, will have a level of protection from risk of serious illness or death,” he said. 

He said the number of people receiving their first dose was expected to slow slightly in the coming weeks, as the move to the second doses begins. 

“But we really are in a good position to feel optimistic for the months ahead,” he said.  


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