Sumary of Scotland hopes to begin mass Covid vaccination in early December:
- The Scottish government is expecting to launch its mass Covid-19 vaccination programme as early as the first week of December, targeting frontline health workers and elderly people..
- Jeane Freeman, the Scottish health secretary, said the government expected to take delivery of 320,000 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech mRNA vaccine in early December as part of the UK-wide vaccination programme and immediately start vaccinating health workers, care staff and over-80s..
- In a statement to MSPs, Freeman said the UK and devolved governments were still waiting for Pfizer vaccine to be approved by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority (MHRA) and that there were still uncertainties about how easily it could be transported..
- Freeman said the first wave would target all frontline NHS staff, care home staff, the vaccination teams and the over-80s, with those vaccinations due to take place from early December until February….