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Over 80% of Care Home Residents Vaccinated with First Dose #Covid Update

The Western Isles was the only health board area in Scotland not to have recorded a new positive case of Covid in Scotland today. Orkney has increased by 1 which brings the cumulative total in the islands to 46.

The stats for Scotland, as of the 15th of January are:

  • 2,160 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 34,932 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results – 7.5% of these were positive
  • 61 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 141 people are in intensive care with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,860 people are in hospital with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 224,840 people have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination and 3,331 have received their second dose

The number of those in hospital is putting severe pressure on our NHS and sadly the number of deaths in Scotland as at 10 January, has reached 7,074 where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate.

251 deaths took place in hospital, 113 occurred in care homes and 19 at home or in a non-institutional setting.

The over 70s are the most at risk from the deadly affects of the Covid virus. This is why vaccination of those in care homes and by age is so vital in protecting people as much as possible.

Covid is no respecter of age and everyone needs to be aware of the infectious nature of the virus.

In the week ending 10 January there were 272 individuals aged 16-17 and 414 aged 18-19 who tested positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination

In Scotland 224,840 people have received the first dose of the Covid vaccination and 3,331 their second dose (as of 15th January). The second dose is important to give more protection.

The Scottish Government’s plan on the role out of the vaccine can be viewed here: Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine deployment plan 2021

In a positive move to be transparent and honest with the public the document explains how the vaccine is being delivered. The aim is to :

vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 and those aged 16 and 17 who are frontline health and social care workers, young carers or have underlying health conditions in Scotland – 4.5 million people

By the end of next month it is hoped that, 400,000 people will be getting vaccinated in Scotland each week.

People will be sent letters informing them of their turn to take up the opportunity to get vaccinated.

The UK is responsible for the supply of vaccine which is then shared out to the 4 constituent nations by population size. It is then that distribution takes place in Scotland.

When batches come into the Movianto base, there are the following processes to go through:

  • Quality Assurance checks by MHRA
  • PHE put stock onto the ordering system to notify that it is available.

Also important to note:

Scotland has a separate NHS Scotland delivery contract with Movianto

NHS NSS works with all health boards to ask them where they want their allocation to go to e.g. they agree x amount to their vaccine holding centre.

Next day delivery can be done from Movianto to a vaccine holding centre.

Health Boards provide order information for their GP practices to National Procurement who in turn advise the distribution partner; once stock is released for ordering, the distribution partner inputs the GP orders on to their ordering system. Delivery is normally weekly to a GP practice. Any instances when vaccine holding centres are sending vaccines to GP practices are exceptional.

If the ordering/delivery timing is misaligned and a health centre has a clinic scheduled and not enough stock, the local board will work to resolve this with its internal stock, or work with NSS to resolve.

In addition, the lead pharmacist at NHS NSS communicates to all board vaccine delivery leads on a daily basis.

As delivery of the larger cohorts moves to central scheduling and board delivery, the bulk of deliveries will be direct to vaccine holding centres and this will be next day delivery.

map showing geographically the locations for delivering vaccinations in January. This will be updated as vaccination commences in more locations.

Over 80% of residents in our care homes have already received their first vaccinations and over half of staff in those care homes have also been vaccinated.

And this chart shows the information for each local health board

More information on these statistics is available here:

Vaccination is key for the longer term protection but as we await for our letter it is really important that people continue to adhere to FACTS.

  • F – Face coverings
  • A – Avoid crowded places
  • C – Clean your hands regularly
  • T – Two metre distance
  • S – Self isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

And if possible download the free NHS Scotland contact tracing app: Protect Scotland

All of these, including observing the restrictions for where you live, work together to limit the spread of Covid.

Reporter: Fiona Grahame

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