All over 50s get Covid vaccine

Montrose House care home in Brodick.

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All adults over 50 on Arran will have received their first Covid vaccination after the weekend.

A second mass vaccination programme is taking place at Arran High School this weekend when 1,450 doses of one of the approved vaccines will be administered.

Arran Community Council heard this week that it would mean 75 per cent of the Arran adult population would have had at least one jab and there was praise for everyone involved in the North Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership who have made this happen.

Chairman Bill Calderwood said: ‘We owe all of the NHS staff on Arran enormous gratitude for the excellent vaccine roll out and all of the work they have done during this pandemic.’

Meanwhile, Arran’s MSP Kenneth Gibson has welcomed the Scottish government’s announcement that indoor visiting of care home residents by relatives, friends and carers will resume from early March.

Care providers will support residents to have up to two designated visitors, with one visit a week from each.

Mr Gibson said: ‘The necessary restrictions on care home visits have been incredibly tough for islanders with loved ones living in care homes, as I know only too well. My own mother lives in one.

‘With a wide range of protections in place against Covid-19 for care home residents, I am delighted that meaningful contact will be made easier for the wellbeing of residents and their loved ones. This I know will be warmly welcomed by many.’