Sturgeon shambles: Scotland vaccine crisis as almost half of supply stuck in storage

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Scottish secretary Alister Jack almost half of Scotland’s million or so vaccines were still stuck in freezer facilities or in UK warehouses. These require 24 hours’ notice to be drawn down.

Mr Jack said around 981,000 doses of the vaccine were allocated to the country last Monday but only 5473,907 have been given out.

The allocation is believed to exceed 1.15million today, the Scottish secretary added.

On Friday, around 246,803 vaccines were given to “front-line health and social care workers”.

But only 230,000 people are believed to work in these professions, according to The Times.

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Scottish First Minister Ms Sturgeon pledged all 250,000 over-80s would be vaccinated by the end of last week.

However, only 68 percent had been completed by Friday and progress was still stalling.

A spokesperson for the government argued “almost eight in ten over-80s living in the community have had their first dose”.

Now, Jeane Freeman, the health secretary, said Scotland would be able to issue 400,000 vaccinations this week.

Ms Freeman said all over-70s have been promised a vaccine by mid-February.

However, Scotland’s national clinical director has warned Scotland cannot give GPs all the vaccines as they do not have enough.

Jason Leitch told MSPs “we cannot give GPs all the vaccine that they need for all their over-80s or over-70s because we do not have enough”.

While a further 51,113 have been given to the eligible groups over the weekend, there is still more than 400,000 doses be to administered.

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Mr Jack told BBC One’s Politics Scotland the remaining allocation “can be drawn down as soon as the Scottish government have the storage facilities for that”.

He said: “They are stored in a central compound for the whole UK and the Scottish government draws down at 24 hours’ notice exactly what it needs, but they are absolutely allocated to Scotland on population share and nobody can touch that.

“The important number is what is available, not the number sitting in fridges in Scotland.

“If there are 50,000 vaccines still sitting in the central storage facility they can draw them down today and receive them tomorrow.”

To date, Scotland has vaccinated just 12 percent of those eligible, marking the lowest in the UK and on par with Wales, London and the Midlands.

A spokesperson for the Scottish government said: “The vaccination roll-out in Scotland is on track.

“At this point, we have already vaccinated a higher percentage of our population than most other countries worldwide.”

In the UK more than three million people have tested positive for the deadly pandemic.

To date, more than 100,000 people across the UK have died.

As of Saturday, a total of 8,977,329 people received a vaccine jab and 491,053 of those have had a second dose.

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