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Third of region had jab

A TOTAL of 49,866 first dose Covid- 19 vaccinations have now been delivered in Dumfries and Galloway – covering more than a third of the region’s entire population.

The majority of people aged 65 and over have now received a vaccination, along with those who are shielding, care home residents and most frontline health and social care staff.

And the 60-64s have this week started to be called up, while preparations are being put in place to begin delivering second dose vac- cinations to care home residents and staff.

Interim public health director Valerie White yesterday said: “We’ve reached a bit of a milestone in our rapid roll-out of Covid-19 vaccinations in Dumfries and Galloway – with one in three people now provided a degree of protection against the coronavirus.

“In line with the schedules set out nation- ally, those who have already received a first vaccination include some of the most vulnerable in the region.

“It’s fantastic to be so far on in our delivery of first doses, as work now begins to begin de- livering second vaccinations on the basis of the national 12 week spacing between doses. Second dose vaccinations will take place while the roll-out of first doses continues.”

But she warned that the future rate of vaccinations will be determined in part by national availability.

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Ahead of the average

Ahead of the average

DUMFRIES and Galloway is well ahead of the Scottish average when it comes to covid vaccinations.