Today we hear from David Wallace Lockhart:
It’s good news when it comes to care homes both in Scotland and England. It appears that everyone, more or less in a care, has been given or at least offered their first jag. What, it could be slightly problematic and Nicola Sturgeon could face questions on today is the fact that England seem to have done that AND a higher proportion of over-80s as well in the community.
and then prompted by suggestions of opposition party concerns:
It appeared that on some measures, the English system was moving proportionally quite faster (sic). Now the Scottish Government always said the reason for that was Scotland was prioritising care homes. That essentially it was more time-consuming and a more difficult logistical project but that would help with trying to get the number of deaths lower across Scotland by focusing on the care homes and then we would catch up with community vaccination and we did, it appears last week we finished care homes whereas England has finished care homes today. But that means that both England and Scotland have now done those care homes.
Katie Hunter was then to repeat the lie in a question to the First Minister and perhaps too politely corrected.
Here’s the truth from BBC UK:
A Covid vaccine has been offered to all older residents at eligible care homes in England, the NHS has announced. Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the achievement, expected to be confirmed by official figures on Monday, as a “crucial milestone”. A target of 15 February has been set for the UK to vaccinate care home residents and carers, people over 70 and frontline care workers.
So, a letter has been sent to all care homes. The target for giving the jags is two weeks ahead. The vaccines are still in the warehouse. By no stretch of the imagination, has England done the care homes.
Wallace Lockhart and his editor at BBC Scotland know this. He let that slip with the term ‘or at least offered’ before going on to forget about it and twice lie that England had done the care homes.