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Senior Scottish minister challenged over care home COVID vaccination

Scottish MPs have questioned Scotland’s care home COVID vaccination programme.

In a parliamentary debate on Wednesday 27 January, Michael Russell, secretary for the constitution, Europe and external affairs, told the Scottish Parliament that by early February, all residents and staff in care homes for older adults will have received their first dose. To date, more than 95 per cent of older care home residents have been vaccinated, he said.

However, Willie Rennie, Scottish Liberal Democrats MSP for North East Fife said that Scotland was “140,000 vaccinations behind” and that care home statistics make no sense. He said: ”Do not blame the care homes for the Government’s failure to get the vaccine rolled out. To say that the problems of the vaccine roll-out are… those of the care homes because vaccination there takes longer,…  is not worthy.”

  • Brian Whittle, Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP for South Scotland also challenged the minister on the lack of a plan to restore care home visits in Scotland

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