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Concerns over missed vaccinations in the north-east


By David Porter

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Health bosses have confirmed this week that more than 75 per cent of adults across the north-east have had both Covid jabs while more than 92 per cent have now had their first injection.

However, NHS Grampian had hoped that the first dose of the vaccine would have been in the arms of all eligible people in the north-east by now.

Drop-in clinics have been offered in a bid to encourage further uptake and make sure any unvaccinated residents receive attention as soon as possible.

AHSCP's chief Pamela Milliken has expressed concern over the number of missed vaccinations.
AHSCP's chief Pamela Milliken has expressed concern over the number of missed vaccinations.

Speaking at the Integration Joint Board (IJB) on Wednesday, chief officer of the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Pam Milliken, said the current aim is to have everyone in the region double-jabbed by the middle of September.

The latest figures show that 92.7 per cent of first doses have been given to those aged 18 and over while 75.5 per cent have had both doses.

In those aged 40 and over, 97.5 per cent have had the first dose while 93.6 per cent have had both jabs.

Pam noted that there are “very high completion rates for the older age group” but uptake in under 40s remains a source of concern.

The partnership is currently looking at areas where “pockets” have been identified to make sure people in problem areas receive the life-changing injections.

In order to achieve this the partnership has been working with groups including the Fishermen’s Mission and local communities, and has offered drop in clinics for those not registered with a GP.

Other issues have also been recognised, including securing venues for long term vaccination use and maintaining current vaccinators.

Pam said efforts were ongoing to resolve these problems.

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