South Scotland MSP, Michelle Ballantyne, has today quizzed the First Minister on her handling of the winter flu vaccine rollout.
Speaking at First Minister’s Questions, Mrs Ballantyne again sought reassurance that all phase one flu vaccinations will be delivered by the end of October, after failing to get a guarantee last month.
The Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman, has written to Mrs Ballantyne stating that 1,072,786 patients should have received the vaccination by November.
The First Minister confirmed this number, however, conceded that there had been issues with the procurement of vaccines in Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Ayrshire and Arran.
When asked to provide a breakdown of vaccination provision by health board she stated that she did not have those figures to hand.
Michelle Ballantyne MSP commented:
“The Scottish Government’s provision of the phase one flu vaccinations is still in trouble, with hundreds of patients being turned away from receiving the vaccine in Grampian and the programme being suspended in Ayrshire and Arran.
“I have asked the First Minister to provide a breakdown of the phase one provision by health board. This should shine a light on how the vaccinations are progressing and identify which health boards are experiencing difficulties.
“Since the main hope for eliminating COVID-19 is through vaccination, it is imperative that the Scottish Government proves that it has the vaccination capacity to undertake this task.
“Unfortunately, the recent failures of the more limited flu vaccination rollout offer no evidence that such infrastructure currently exists.”