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Over 56,000 vaccines now given

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By Fiona Reid
Over 56,000 vaccines now given

SECOND doses of the covid vaccine are now being given out in Dumfries and Galloway.

The programme began last week with care home staff and residents, while frontline staff in health and social care began receiving their second doses on Monday.

And the first dose rollout continues alongside too with 56,311 jabs having been given as of Feb 24.

However, the pace has slowed due to limitations around national vaccine supplies, but health bosses stress that a good pace is still being maintained.

Interim director of public health Valerie White yesterday said: “An initial, single Covid-19 vaccination will start to train the body’s natural defences to combat the coronavirus, providing a degree of protection.

“However, it’s really important that everybody also receives their second dose, as a second vaccination increases that protection further and helps ensure that defence lasts over a longer period.

“As ever, though, it takes time for the effects of the vaccination to work, and despite the really encouraging results we’ve seen nationally with lowered hospitalisations these vaccines do not guarantee full immunity.

“While taking up the chance of a vaccination helps moves us towards something more like normal life, it’s vital that everyone continues to follow the national rules and immediately self-isolates along with their household and arranges to be tested if they experience any symptoms.”

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