Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 8 November 2023.

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Photo of Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith Conservative

5. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the winter Covid-19 vaccination programme. (S6O-02692)

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

The winter flu and Covid-19 vaccination programme began on 4 September and will run until 31 March 2024; the majority of vaccinations will be completed by 11 December to ensure that there is maximum protection over the festive period.

At the midway point of the programme, uptake is strong. As of 29 October, more than 810,000 Covid-19 vaccinations, along with more than 1.2 million flu vaccinations, have been administered. Getting vaccinated is the safest and most effective way for people to protect themselves and the national health service this winter, so if anyone who is eligible has yet to book an appointment, I encourage them to do so.

Photo of Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith Conservative

That is an encouraging answer in terms of uptake numbers. However, I asked my question because I have had representations from quite a few constituents that they are not being sent information on the time when they will be eligible for vaccination. Will the minister have discussions with the NHS to ensure that that information is as clear as possible?

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

I agree that the information that is sent has to be absolutely clear. I am happy to speak to my officials about that.