NHSGGC has vaccinated over 250,000 people since the start of December, including frontline health and social care workers, people aged 70 and older, individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable and elderly care home residents. These priority groups have all been vaccinated in line with national targets.
To date, we have been in a position to move at pace due to the availability of the vaccine, meaning that we will also meet the target of offering a first vaccination to those over the age of 65 by 5 March.
As the First Minister has now confirmed, supplies of the vaccine have been affected by a "temporary reduction" in Pfizer's manufacturing capacity, with Scotland receiving lower stocks of the vaccine than expected.
We are adjusting our programme in line with this. From week beginning 15 February, we will be administering second doses of the vaccine for older adult care home residents and frontline NHS and social care staff. We will continue to run our vaccination clinics and provide first doses of vaccine to priority groups but this will be with reduced appointments and our vaccination clinics will run over fewer days.
Once the supply of the vaccine increases, we are in a strong position to rapidly accelerate the programme once again.
We understand the anxiety that may be caused by a slowing of the vaccination programme and we are sorry for this. We would like to reassure members of the public that we will be able to increase vaccination appointments as soon as stocks are received.
We continue to work towards providing first doses for those 65 years old and older by the first week in March. As this group completes we will begin issuing appointments for first dose to those aged between 60 to 64; unpaid carers and those aged 16 to 64 with underlying health conditions.