Scotland surges ahead on vaccination of over-80s

Scotland has vaccinated 99% of all care home residents and 93% of all over-80s:

England’s world-beating system claims 90% of all ‘eligible’ care home residents but has, according to Channel 4, managed only 80% of all care home residents and 88.1% of over-80s. Worryingly for any attempts at future relaxation of lock-down, London has only done 74.9% of its over-80s.

From the World Health Organisation:

The percentage of people who need to be immune in order to achieve herd immunity varies with each disease. For example, herd immunity against measles requires about 95% of a population to be vaccinated. The remaining 5% will be protected by the fact that measles will not spread among those who are vaccinated.

16 thoughts on “Scotland surges ahead on vaccination of over-80s

  1. Send a memo to all the better together lot
    Simply stating
    As Time Goes By
    And remind them the most useless thing in life
    Is indeed Time that has went by


  2. Unfortunately the English figures in the table are only up to 31st January so not strictly comparable to latest Scottish figures. However Scottish figures are extremely good.

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    1. Is it beyond any of use to set a trap for them by sending false manipulated data in a very clever manner
      Twas a trick the Poles and Hungarians used
      To great effect
      A Trojan Horse so to speak

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  3. Dr Phil Hammond Blue heart @drphilhammond
    2 Feb
    We are doing very well on vaccines & very poorly on variants. SAGE warned the government weeks ago that either closing the borders to everyone, or compulsory quarantine for everyone arriving was necessary to stop importing variants. And we are growing our own with poor control.

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  4. Click to access build-back-fairer-the-covid-19-marmot-review-executive-summary.pdf


    There are potentially four ways that the prepandemic situation in England relates to the high and unequal toll on health during and likely after the pandemic:

    1. The governance and political culture both before and during the pandemic have damaged social cohesion and inclusiveness, undermined trust, de-emphasised the importance of the common good, and failed to take the political decisions that would have recognised health and well-being of the population as priority.

    2. Widening inequities in power, money and resources between individuals, communities and regions have generated inequalities in the conditions of life, which in turn, generate inequalities in health generally, and COVID-19 specifically. They augur badly for health inequalities as we emerge from the pandemic.

    3. Government policies of austerity succeeded in reducing public expenditure in the decade before the pandemic. Among the effects were regressive cuts in spending by local government including in adult social care, failure of health care spending to rise in accord with demographic and historical patterns, and cuts in public health funding. These were in addition to cuts in welfare to families with children, cuts in education spending per school student, and closure of Children’s Centres. England entered the pandemic with its public services in a depleted state and its tax and benefit system re-geared to the disadvantage of lower income groups.

    4. Health had stopped improving, and there was a high prevalence of the health conditions that increase case fatality ratios of COVID-19.

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  5. Had my jab this afternoon. Quick, efficient, pleasant staff. No hanging about because everyone seemed to be keeping to the instructions in the appointment letter to come as close to their appointment time as possible.

    Re the Ch4 report about vaccinations of over-80s in the community. I saw that and noticed they seemed to be using out of date data for Scotland. Possibly to make the situation in England look better than it is. They did say there was variation, just as I am sure there are pockets of variation in Scotland, but our cumulative total was much higher than what was quoted.

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    1. They are attempting to portray Scotland as doing much worse, in England, so as to make people there believe their EngGov are the bastions of efficiency and ever so caring, as usual saving lives, oh wait…Phew, lucky we don’t have that SNP in charge here eh, they will say! It’s amazing what the psychologists employed by the BritNat gov (to instruct the media what to say) can come up with these days though they have had plenty of practice!


  6. Scotland

    Trends since 2012
    From around 2012-14, the rate of improvement in life expectancy and mortality has become substantially slower, with life expectancy falling in 2015-7 (and in 2016-8 for women). This development is almost without precedent and requires urgent action.

    Many high income countries have experienced similar changes in life expectancy trends to Scotland. Northern Ireland, England, Wales and the Netherlands in particular have seen marked slowdowns. However, other countries, including many in Eastern Europe and Asia, have seen continuing or even faster improvements than previously. Countries with higher life expectancy than Scotland have seen continuing improvements which means that the slowdown is not due to attaining or approaching a ‘natural’ limit to lifespan.

    The slowdown in life expectancy improvement has affected those of us living in the most deprived Scottish areas, exacerbating the already very wide health inequalities. Mortality rates are now increasing in the most deprived fifth of Scottish areas.

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    1. Life expectancy, a terrible legacy of British nationalist rule in Scotland for hundreds of years. Scotland was called ‘the POOR man of Europe’ when the OIL came on tap, tapped and siphoned away to the tune of £trillions by the EngGov, Scotland, too poor, kept poor. Then the ridicule mainly from England, portraying Scotland as drunken lazy, good for nothing slobs, now it’s subsidy junkies needing the English army to keep people alive, better stay and be loved as an equal partner Scotland, for another few decades, until your oil and gas and water and gold and renewables and huge revenues have dried up, poor things, don’t even live long enough to claim their pensions, luckily for the English treasury.

      Life expectancy and quality of life can only be improved with independence, ScotGov mitigating horrendous Tory/red Tory austerity can only go so far in repairing the damage of decades and more, of BritNat rule.



    Test and trace in England seems to be doing better, however…

    “And of the 199,000 cases handled by Test and Trace and the 359,000 contacts identified, 86% of cases and 94% of contacts were reached and advised to isolate. These are both in line with performance seen over recent weeks.
    However, there remain significant differences in the percentage of cases and contacts reached by local authority. Since Test and Trace launched on 28 May 2020, 78% of cases have been reached in Birmingham compared to 94% in Havering. For contacts, the gap is even wider, with 62% reached in Bradford compared with 89% in Thurrock.
    The impact of Test and Trace on slowing viral spread is reliant on people getting tested when they have symptoms, and then people isolating when necessary. UCL’s COVID Social Study recently reported that among the 70,000 people surveyed, only a third of people requested a test every time they developed symptoms, and a third didn’t isolate for at least 10 days despite being symptomatic. Whilst Test and Trace internal performance remains as strong as ever, it needs to be complemented by comprehensive isolation support measures that act to narrow rather than exacerbate existing health and economic inequalities.


  8. “Effects of social security policy reforms on mental health and inequalities: A systematic review of observational studies in high-income countries”

    Social security systems have experienced major reforms over the past few decades.

    First systematic review on the effects of social security reforms on mental health.

    Found that expansions in social security benefits improve mental health outcomes.

    Reductions in social security support lead to adverse mental health outcomes.

    This is important for developing evidence-based policies for post Covid-19 recovery.


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