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By Fiona Reid
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ALMOST 90 per cent of all adults in Dumfries and Galloway have now received a first dose Covid-19 vaccination, and nearly 70 per cent have had both.

And work continues to provide first doses to 18 to 29 year olds.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway director of pharmacy Graeme Bryson said: “We know how much more easily the new Delta Variant spreads from person to person, and that both vaccinations are important in providing the highest degree of protection. So please, do take up the opportunity to get both vaccinations to protect yourself and others.”

As of Monday, a total of 108,685 first dose vaccinations have been delivered locally, representing 88.6 per cent of adults aged 18 plus.

And in the over 40s, 96.6 per cent have so far had their first vaccination.

Meanwhile, in terms of second vaccinations, 85,117 have been given, representing 69.4 per cent of over 18s, higher than the Scottish average of 58 per cent.

Mr Bryson added: “We’re really encouraged by the uptake in vaccinations, and are progressing as quickly as possible.

“However, we know that the highest degree of protection against the coronavirus is achieved by having the biggest number of people fully vaccinated. It also takes a few weeks for immunity to develop.

“So please, if you’re over 30, still to be vaccinated, and thinking about getting a vaccination arranged, do it now in order to help protect yourself, loved ones and the wider community, including businesses and schools.

“We can see an increase in cases locally, and what will help ward that off is getting everyone fully vaccinated as quickly as possible.”

  • The local vaccination helpline can be contacted on 01387 403090 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, or email [email protected]

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