I have received dozens of emails and phone calls from concerned constituents who have either not had an appointment for their vaccine yet or have had appointments cancelled. I will continue to press the Scottish Government both for individual cases and generally to speed up the rollout. This is the most important thing we have ever done as a country, peoples lives and livelihoods depend on it.
What we know so far is that over 80s will receive their vaccine via their GP practice and this should be nearing completion this week. The next group over 75s are being invited to the EICC with some in the under 75s also receiving an invite. Those who are housebound are yet to be contacted and this will be organised via a central community team .
I now have a dedicated email address for vaccine issues if constituents want to get in touch and I can try and get an answer for you.
I was pleased to see that yesterday the Health Minister Jeanne Freeman did admit that there is an issue with vaccination rollout in Scotland and specifically Edinburgh. We have had ten days of excuses and denials by the Scottish Government about the slowness of the vaccine roll out in Scotland. It now appears more armed forces will finally be drafted in to help despite being on stand by since mid January.
Hopefully we will know see a significant ramping up of the vaccination programme in Edinburgh and Scotland and we will see our elderly vaccinated ASAP.
As always, please get in touch if you are experiencing any issues.
Keep up to date with the vaccine roll-out on NHS Scotland’s vaccine hub.