Covid-19

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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The First Minister:

I am not sure that that is a question about modelling; it is about how we match the supply of the vaccine to those groups that we need to vaccinate. I believe that information that set out those timelines was circulated to members last week or the week before. The Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport will make a statement tomorrow in which she will provide up-to-date information.

In broad terms, our objective—assuming that we get the supplies that we are expecting in the timescale in which we expect to get them—is that, in line with the priority list that has been published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, everybody aged 50 and above will have been vaccinated by the spring of next year, although that is obviously still subject to uncertainty because of the inherent uncertainties around supply.

We hope that, after that, as we move into the summer, we will be in a position to move on to the rest of the population, because the vaccination programme is intended to reach everybody in the adult population. However, we are dependent on the supplies coming through. We will keep Parliament updated as we get greater certainty and clarity around that and as the information becomes more concrete.