More than a quarter of people in Falkirk Council area are fully vaccinated against Covid-19

More than a quarter of people in the Falkirk Council area and a fifth of people in West Lothian have received two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, figures reveal.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 6:00 am
06-02-2021. Picture Michael Gillen.

Public Health Scotland data shows 37,114 people Falkirk had received both jabs by April 28. That was up 7,719 compared to the previous week. It means 28 per cent of people aged 16 and over in Falkirk have now received two doses, using the latest Scottish population estimates.

In West Lothian 31,659 people had received both jabs by April 28. That was up 9,113 compared to the previous week. It means 21 per cent of people aged 16 and over in West Lothian have now received two doses.

Across Scotland, 1.2 million people had both jabs, 26 per cent of the population.

That was an increase of 266,000 from the week before.

The data also shows that 2.8 million people across Scotland have received a first jab, 62 per cent of the population.

This week coronavirus restrictions were eased across Scotland, with the country moving from Level 4 to Level 3.

As of Monday, everyone in the country is also able to access rapid coronavirus testing, even if they have no symptoms.

Medical experts said the expansion of testing will help efforts to ease the country out of lockdown safely as it will be important to identify and prevent new outbreaks.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said: “It may be tempting to think as vaccinations increase and cases drop, that testing will become less important. In fact, this will only make it more important to spot and prevent new outbreaks as cases emerge.

"We know from our experience of last summer just how quickly one outbreak can lead to another.

“This also applies regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not.

"While the latest evidence suggests vaccines provide a high level of protection against the effects of Covid-19, they don’t yet provide a guarantee that you can’t still get the virus or pass it on to others.”

The data shows 2.4 million people aged 40 and over had received a first jab across Scotland – 85 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 the older age groups.

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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​