Aberdeenshire's Covid-19 vaccine roll-out – one year on from the world's first

More than 200,000 children and adults in Aberdeenshire have received a dose of the coronavirus vaccine – almost one year after an English NHS patient became the first person in the world to receive a Covid-19 jab.

By Katie Williams, Data Reporter
Thursday, 9th December 2021, 10:02 am
Updated Thursday, 9th December 2021, 10:03 am
The first Covid-19 vaccine was administered a year ago this week.

Yesterday (December 8) marked a year to the day that then 90-year-old Margaret Keenan became the first person to get the Pfizer jab after its approval in the UK. The vaccine was administered at University Hospital Coventry, and launched a world-wide mass vaccination programme.

Since then, 212,186 people aged 12 and over in Aberdeenshire have received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, according to figures up to December 4 from the UK coronavirus daily dashboard. That's at least 95 per cent of all people in the age group.

Of them, 193,566 have also received a second dose – 86 per cent – though 12 to 17-year-olds only became eligible for second jabs in recent weeks.

After launching at the end of last year, the vaccine rollout first targeted the most vulnerable and their carers, as well as healthcare workers, before moving down the adult age groups.

The NHS launched its booster jab campaign in September, after data showed falling levels of protection from symptomatic disease and hospital admission six months after people have had their second jab. Data shows 92,294 people in Aberdeenshire had received a booster jab or third dose by December 4.