Stirling’s MSP Bruce Crawford and MP Alyn Smith have hailed a Covid-19 vaccine breakthrough. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved by regulators today (Wednesday 2nd December), and the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the first vaccinations would be administered less than a week later, on Tuesday 8th December.
Commenting, Bruce Crawford MSP said:
“This is very welcome news. After a horrendous year for all of us, finally there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel.
“Clearly there is some way to go on this, and as the First Minister indicated, there will likely be bumps in the road as a full vaccination programme is rolled out to the entire country. However, there is now cause for hope.
“I’ll be working very closely with the Scottish Government, the local NHS board, and relevant authorities to help ensure that people receive vaccinations as quickly and through as smooth a process as possible.”
Alyn Smith MP said:
“There’s cause to feel relief right now as it looks like we’re on the right track to finally call an end to this terrible pandemic. This will not happen overnight however, and the process could take some time yet to ensure vaccines are rolled out as far and wide as possible.
“It’s crucial to remember that the virus remains a danger to us all, and it’s critical that we ensure that we are following the rules in order to keep each other safe.
“Vulnerable groups, including older people, will likely receive their vaccinations first, which is the right way to do this as statistically, more vulnerable people are more likely to face severe illness if they are infected with the Covid-19 virus.
“Alongside Bruce Crawford MSP, I’ll be staying in touch and working closely with authorities to see this is delivered as quickly as possible to Stirling communities.”
Link to Scottish Government news: https://www.gov.scot/news/covid-19-vaccination-programme-to-start-next-week/