Covid-19 (Vaccination of Healthcare Workers)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 20th January 2021.

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Photo of Maurice Corry Maurice Corry Conservative

Many of my constituents have been in touch with me to express their concerns about the pace of the roll-out of the coronavirus vaccines. Figures released last week showed that NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Highland had below-average first dose coverage. Yesterday, the First Minister said that 70 per cent of healthcare workers had received their first dose. Will she commit to publishing staff figures at a health board level, so that we can see, better understand and track progress?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I will not repeat everything that I have already said in making the point that we are not behind. We are progressing well and picking up the pace on our vaccination programme.

I have said previously that we will continue to provide more detailed weekly breakdowns of the vaccination figures, both by cohort under the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation priority groups and geographically. We had a not unreasonable request today to see whether we can include figures on the numbers of doses wasted through unavoidable means. We will look at all of that.

There is no interest in any part of the Government in not being transparent about this. This is a collective endeavour; it is important to all of us. As First Minister, it is important to me to make sure that, first and foremost, we conduct the vaccination programme with the speed and efficiency that people expect. I know that members across the parties might struggle to accept this, but, as well as being the First Minister, I am a human being with loved ones of my own. I want them to be as vaccinated as quickly as possible.

All of us want the programme to go well and as quickly as possible. Nothing is more important to me right now than making sure that that happens.