Grampian falling behind rest of Scotland on vaccine rollout


Aberdeenshire Councillor Rosemary Bruce has raised concerns about the distribution of Scottish Government resources after new figures show that the rate of vaccination in NHS Grampian has fallen behind the national average.

Data published by Public Health Scotland on the 10th February shows that the number of people who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccination in NHS Grampian is well below the Scottish average, at only 16.45%, compared to the national average of 19.09% (as a percentage of the population). The figures contrast with last week's count, where Grampian was only 0.67% outside the national average. 

Mrs Bruce, who is also the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the North East said: 

"These latest figures will surprise people across Grampian and the North East. Two weeks ago, NHS Grampian was among the fastest in Scotland and ranked first for the percentage of over 80s vaccinated.  

"This is a worrying trend, it raises serious questions about whether NHS Grampian are getting their full distribution of resources and if there are any local issues that need support.

"It is of course much easier for urban areas than rural ones and from what I’ve seen, NHS Grampian and their partners in local councils and police are working hard to deliver the vaccine.  But as Scotland is lagging behind England, and Grampian now appears to be lagging behind in Scotland, the question is, whether the Scottish Government are doing enough to support our local facilities."

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