Wishart seeks urgent update on isles vaccine rollout

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart is seeking an urgent update from the Scottish Government and NHS Shetland following reports that there are challenges getting the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to remote communities.

Ms Wishart has written to Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, and NHS Shetland Chief Executive, Michael Dickson, to seek clarity on the rollout in Shetland following BBC reports that vaccine hasn’t been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for transport by sea or air once its thawed after leaving a freezer.

Ms Wishart said:

“This is concerning news and I am seeking urgent clarification about how the issue might affect the vaccine rollout in Shetland.

“Covid-19 vaccination is a national priority and hugely significant to all communities. Government needs to make sure that people are aware of any challenges and how they are being resolved, so they have confidence in the process.”

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