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Gordon MP welcomes Audit Scotland report on vaccination programme

By David Porter

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The Covid-19 vaccination programme has made “excellent progress in vaccinating a large majority of the adult population in Scotland according to a report from Audit Scotland.

Gordon MP Richard Thomson welcomed the report, which estimated the programme has cost £223million and helped reduce the numbers of people becoming seriously ill and dying.

In a report published on Friday ­Audit Scotland found by September 17, more than 90 per cent of people aged 18 or over had received at least one jag. and 85.7 per cent had received their second dose.

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said: “This is a very welcome report from the Auditor General but there can be no room for complacency.

“The key here is that people are being offered protection against what we know is a debilitating illness which has caused the deaths of many thousands of people and it has been done so in an orderly manner which has seen over 85 per cent of the population of Scotland receive two vaccinations so far.

“I put on record my thanks to the vaccinators, which have included nurses, GPs, dentists, optometrists and pharmacists for their incredible efforts to get us to this position.”

Stephen Boyle, Auditor General for Scotland, said: “The delivery of the vaccination programme has been a success so far, with good collaboration and new digital tools developed to help the process. Early scenario planning by the Scottish Government and NHS boards has allowed them to continue to react quickly to formal UK clinical advice.

“There is now an opportunity for the Scottish Government to use what’s it’s learned to manage the ­challenges of the next part of the ­vaccine programme, and the wider delivery of NHS services.”

The Audit Scotland report also found that levels of vaccine wastage have been low, and the programme has helped reduce the number of ­people getting severely ill and dying.

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