Today’s daily vaccination figures are the lowest yet as the SNP’s slow Covid-19 vaccine rollout continues to lag miles behind the rest of the UK.
Around 9,628 people were vaccinated in Scotland yesterday, the lowest number in three weeks, since daily vaccination figures were first published.
The figures for the weekend were lower than the previous Saturday and Sunday.
In England, all care home residents have now been offered a vaccine, so Nicola Sturgeon struggled to continue claiming that the SNP’s slow rollout is down to prioritising care homes.
Mass centres are due to open this week, which will increase the vaccination rate, although the SNP are still behind most other countries and regions of the UK.
Central Scotland MSP, Graham Simpson said: “Today’s daily vaccination figures are the lowest yet. When we’re in a race against the virus, why are the SNP running backwards?
“The SNP are failing to deliver a seven-day service and the First Minister seems to have no plans for getting the vaccine out to GPs faster. Nicola Sturgeon was again in denial today.
“If this sounds like Groundhog Day, it’s because the Scottish Conservatives said the same thing last week. For the second Sunday in a row, delivery has been a shambles and vaccine figures have fallen off a cliff.
“All care homes south of the border have now been offered the vaccine, so the First Minister’s primary excuse has vanished.
“Finally opening the mass vaccination centres will help – but why are the same problems happening week after week, without being fixed?
“Targets are changing and the goalposts seem to be moving.
“The SNP’s sluggish rollout is miles behind the rest of the UK and shows no signs of catching up yet. Wales are managing to vaccinate more people than the SNP and they are a far smaller country.
“Hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses are available to the Scottish Government, ready for overnight delivery. All we need is the SNP to get their act together.
“The SNP are letting down the country at the biggest challenge facing us. They’ve ramped up their plans for indyref2 instead of focusing on rolling out the vaccine.”