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By Fiona Reid
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Under 50s vaccination to start in May

LETTERS will start to go out next week inviting 40-49 year olds in the region for their Covid-19 vaccination.

And the jabs will be given out over a three week period, say health bosses.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway immunisation co-ordinator Dr Nigel Calvert yesterday said: “We are now planning the roll-out of vaccinations to the 40-49 age cohort, with letters beginning to go out next week.

“Throughout this programme, careful planning has taken place to ensure we have had sufficient stocks to provide second doses as required within eight to 12 weeks of the first vaccination.

“As a result, we are continuing to ensure our capacity is closely aligned to our vaccine supply.”

Currently, 17,375 first dose vaccinations have been delivered in the region to people aged under 50, due to eligibility as someone extremely vulnerable, with an ‘at risk’ condition, an unpaid carer or working in a person-facing role in health and social care.

Dr Calvert also revealed that 43.2 per cent of the area’s entire adult population have now had their second dose too.

He added: “It means some of the most vulnerable members of our community have the highest and longer-lasting degree of protection against the coronavirus.”

“It’s vital that everyone takes up the opportunity to be vaccinated, helping to protect themselves, their loved ones and communities. We’d like to encourage everyone aged under 50 to take up the opportunity when it’s presented – and as vaccination supplies arrive hope to be able to deliver this roll-out very quickly.”

 

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