People experiencing homelessness in Scotland will be given priority access to a Covid-19 vaccine, the Scottish Government has announced, in a week which saw the Westminster and Welsh Governments confirm they would do the same.
Scottish Health Secretary Jeane Freeman revealed rough sleepers as well as those living in emergency and supported accommodation will be eligible for the life-saving jab in priority group six alongside people aged between 16 and 65 who are in an at-risk group.
The advice is in line with the approach taken in other UK nations this week after the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) changed guidance on the vaccine rollout this week.
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Speaking in the Scottish Government’s daily briefing Freeman said: “We fully expect to be able to offer first doses to the remaining priority groups by mid-April.
“Based on the most recent advice from the JCVI we have agreed that these priority groups will include rough sleepers, people in emergency accommodation and people in supported accommodation. They will be vaccinated alongside priority group 6 in the programme.”