‘Heartwarming’ milestone reached in Covid jabs

NHS Highland chair praises staff as almost 200,000 people receive first vaccination

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The chairman of NHS Highland has praised staff as it was announced that three quarters of people in the health board area have received their first dose of the Covid vaccine.

By June 1, 198,132 people had been vaccinated through NHS Highland, covering Argyll and Bute.

Health board chair Professor Boyd Robertson said: ‘The scale of the task in delivering the programme across our vast area stretching from Caithness and Sutherland to Kintyre and Helensburgh cannot be overstated. All involved have risen to the challenge magnificently and deserve to be commended.

‘They include our GPs and their practice colleagues, our teams of vaccinators, and the support staff working behind the scenes. It has been an impressive display of teamwork, planning and professionalism.

‘The first vaccine was administered in December 2020 and we are now fast approaching the 200,000 mark. I would like to thank members of the public from across the north Highlands and Argyll and Bute for the way they have responded to the vaccination offer.

‘It has been heart-warming to see them come forward in their thousands to be vaccinated.