In December 2020 and at the beginning of 2021, Scotland vaccinated a lower overall percentage of its population due to the logistical challenges in following JCVI advice to vaccinate care home residents and staff before all others. 99.99% have been jagged. The figures for England are yet to be confirmed.
Because of that, the death rate in Scottish care homes in 2021 has been half of that in England where perhaps nearly 4 000 have died unnecessarily:
At the end of February, again following JCVI advice, NHS Scotland began to allocate a higher proportion of vaccinations to second doses in care homes. By the end of March deaths in English care homes were recording around 250 deaths per week, while in Scotland the figure was only 11, less than half the level proportional to population:
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