Encouraging vaccination figures in West Lothian and Falkirk council areas
Half of people in West Lothian have received the first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, while three in five people in the Falkirk Council area have received the life-saving jab.
Public Health Scotland data shows 75,001 people West Lothian had received their first jab by March 31.
That was up seven per cent from 70,167 a week earlier.
It means 51 per cent of people aged 16 and over in West Lothian have now received their first dose, using the latest Scottish population estimates. The figures include 10,692 people who had their second dose, meaning seven per cent of over-16s have now had both jabs.
In the Falkirk Council area 79,631 people had received their first jab by March 31, up eight per cent from 73,571 a week earlier. Sixty per cent of people aged 16 and over in Falkirk have now received their first dose. The figures include 8,443 people who had their second dose, meaning six per cent of over-16s have now had both jabs.
Across Scotland, 2.5 million people received a jab by March 31, 55 per cent of the population. That was an increase of nine per cent from 2.3 million the week before.
The data also shows that 399,000 people across Scotland have received both jabs, nine per cent of the population.
Last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Scotland’s vaccine rollout has exceeded expectations.
She said: “The figures confirm the very good progress in the last three months.
“The progress in the vaccination programme is, if anything, better than we could have dared hope for back at the turn of the year.”
The data shows 2 million people aged 50 and over had received their first jab across Scotland – 90 per cent of the age group.
Public Health Scotland's vaccination rollout began on December 8, with doses given first to care home staff and residents, frontline health workers and people aged 80 and over. Phase one of the programme will end once everyone over 50 and the most vulnerable have received a jab.
Vaccinations are being delivered through GP practices, health centres and local clinics as well as at large vaccinations centres in Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow. Following the first dose of the vaccine, a second jab is offered up to 12 weeks later.