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    Booster vaccines rolled out to over-30s

    Written by on December 13, 2021

    From today, people aged 30 to 39 in the Forth Valley will be able to book their booster vaccine.

    The rollout of the programme is being accelerated, as ministers aim to reduce the impact of Omicron cases.

    The Scottish Government says people aged 18 to 29 should be able to book their jab later this week.

    Last week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned Scotland is facing a “tsunami” of Omicron cases.

    Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Scotland already has the highest vaccination rate of all UK nations for first, second and third doses and we will continue to follow clinical advice from the JCVI on offering booster jags through age cohorts in descending order to ensure maximum benefit.

    “We are working with Health Boards to maximise vaccination capacity and we’ll explore all options to accelerate the vaccination programme as quickly and safely as we possibly can.

    “One of the most important things we can all do to protect ourselves and others from COVID-19 is to get our vaccinations and boosters when eligible. The vaccines we have are highly effective and safe and I urge anyone who is eligible and not yet vaccinated to book an appointment.

    “The emergence of the Omicron variant means it is also particularly important that we continue to take all precautions to prevent transmission. So test regularly for the virus, particularly before socialising and meeting up with others from outside your household, wear face marks where required and open windows to improve ventilation.”