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Covid-19 in Aberdeenshire and Moray: A million Scots could get vaccine by end of January, says Nicola Sturgeon

By Alistair Whitfield

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Scotland is "within touching distance" of giving vaccines to a million people by the end of January, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister admitted to being "utterly scunnered and fed up" of the restrictions in place up and down the country.

However she urged the public to stick to the rules and "try to keep your eye on that light that is now on the horizon".

The one million figure is based on the vaccine being passed as safe to administer by regulators.

Speaking today, Ms Sturgeon said: "We may be able to vaccinate a million people before the end of January – that’s within touching distance.

"And then of course the rest of the adult population will follow after that.

"So there is a very real prospect now for all of us of a substantially more normal way of life being returned to us, by the time we reach the spring of next year.

"I hope that encourages us.

"It won’t make the next few weeks feel any better, but it hopefully will strengthen our resolve to stay safe ourselves, keep our family safe, keep others safe, before we reach that point.

"Because if we do the things that are difficult now, we hopefully reach that point of safety with as few people dying as possible, as few people becoming ill as possible, and with the overall impact on our society being minimised.

"So please, in the difficult days and weeks that lay ahead, try to keep your eye on that light that is now on the horizon."

Related story: Health Secretary Jeane Freeman outlines priority recipients for Scotland's vaccination programme

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