Vaccine stats update

Wednesday March 3rd 2021

Covid vaccine

Written by Local Democracy Reporter, Marie Sharp

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout has ramped up in East Lothian and Midlothian, with more than a third of the population receiving their first dose.

Latest figures released by Public Health Scotland show that up to March 2, 31,713 people had received their first jab in East Lothian (36.3 per cent) and 26,609 people (35.7 per cent) in Midlothian.

Across NHS Lothian, the percentage of population vaccinated was 30.4 per cent, making it the lowest coverage of health boards in Scotland and below the Scottish average of 36 per cent.

However, the figure has been affected by the low rollout in Edinburgh, where just 27.9 per cent of residents have received their first dose – the smallest percentage of coverage in Scotland.

The weekly rate of positive Covid-19 cases in East Lothian was reported as 99 cases per 100,000 people as of February 27, while in Midlothian it was at 102.7 per 100,000, after outbreaks of seven cases in Dalkeith and 10 in Thornybank pushed up the rate.

The national seven-day positive case rate is 79.5 per 100,000 people, which represents 3.9 per cent of all tests carried out.

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