ALMOST a third of all adults in Dumfries and Galloway have now received both their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations.
However, everyone is being encouraged to continue to follow the rules, including the FACTS guidance around face coverings, hand washing and social distancing – as changes take effect around lockdown.
As at the end of 13 April 2021, a total of 87,360 first dose vaccinations had been delivered in the region – representing over 70 per cent of all adults.
Meanwhile, 37,958 second dose vaccinations had been provided, which accounts for 31.4 per cent of everyone aged 16 and above.
Interim Director of Public Health Valerie White said: “Amid current national limitations on vaccine stocks, a great deal of the work that is happening now is focused on delivering second dose vaccinations.
“A second vaccination is very important, as it helps ensure that everyone has the highest and longest-lasting degree of protection against the coronavirus.
“Everyone should take up the opportunity for both vaccinations at the time when they are offered.
“Although a current focus is on second jags, work is gearing up to provide vaccinations to those aged under 50 as more vaccine stocks become available and we work down through the age cohorts.”
In line with national moves, those under 30 will at this point be offered the well-established Pfizer vaccine.
An immune response is to be expected to an initial vaccination, as this is the body reacting to being exposed for the first time to a safe version of the coronavirus. This may take the form of a sore arm and possibly general flu-like symptoms over a couple of days, but can be self-managed. For more information, visit NHS Inform at www.nhsinform.scot
Even after receiving both jags, and as the vaccination roll-out continues, people are being asked to continue to follow national guidance, including rules around wearing of face coverings, hand washing, and physical interaction.
As ever, people are being asked to be patient until they receive their vaccination appointment and to take up the opportunity for both vaccinations at the time when they are offered.
Doing this will not only help protect them but will also help provide protection to their loved ones and wider communities.