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Hospital gets hundreds more jabs from Jennifer

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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Hospital gets hundreds more jabs from Jennifer
DONATION DRIVE . . . left to right: Doris MacKay, Jennifer Routledge, Steph Rogerson and Ellen Latimer at the funderaiser on Wednesday

WITH over 80 per cent of Scotland’s adults now double jabbed, there seems to be no shortage of Coronavirus vaccines.

But immunisation rates in many less developed countries remain low — which is a problem being addressed by a committed Annan fundraiser.

Jennifer Routledge has raised over £700 so far this year, with funds paying for covid vaccines for leprosy patients at the Anandaban Hospital in Nepal.

As part of efforts by the Leprosy Mission charity, every £30 raised funds 24 jabs.

On Wednesday Jennifer held a fundraiser at the Quarter Cake Cafe to add to her total – yielding a further £ 207.70 for the cause.

It means her efforts so far will pay for around 720 vaccinations at the hospital.

Jennifer said: “The Leprosy Mission advertised in their fundraising catalogue and they asked for donations.

“At the fundraiser this week we had a tombola, a guess how much money is in the jar competition and also I was selling hats, scarves, christmas cards and wrapping paper.”

She stressed the importance of getting covid jabs to people with leprosy, who already siffer significantly from the debilitating disease.

“There’s currently no vaccine for leprosy,” Jennifer added. “People hide away when they’ve got it – there’s still a stigma.”