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Remaining Under-40s Urged to Get 2nd Vaccine Dose

People aged under 40 who have still to receive their second dose of a COVID vaccine are being urged to book an appointment, or go to a drop-in clinic, and maximise the protection offered.

The number of cases is rising and around two thirds of new cases are in under 40s. Over the past month, 30% of COVID-19 related hospital admissions were in those aged under 40, and the majority of hospital admissions amongst unvaccinated individuals were in the under 40s age group (58%).

The second dose of the vaccine offers greater and longer lasting protection and can be given from eight weeks after the first, either at a drop-in clinic or by requesting an appointment through the NHS Inform website.

Evidence shows that after two doses the vaccines are more than 90% effective against hospital admissions from the effects of the virus. Even if the time since the first dose is more than eight weeks, people can still be vaccinated and are encouraged to come forward.

– Graeme 

Throughout the vaccine rollout, uptake has been fantastic.

That said, it is evident that some among the younger age groups have not been going for their scheduled second dose – which is so important for maximum protection against hospitalisation from COVID.

The average age of COVID patients requiring ECMO respiratory support is now under 40 – otherwise healthy people without underlying conditions but who were not double vaccinated.

I would urge any constituents under 40 who are due their second dose to go and get it – it is not too late and it is easier than ever with no appointment needed at local drop-in clinics.

– Health Secretary Humza Yousaf

More than eighty per cent of the population have now received both doses and I really want to say thanks to all of them and of course, everyone involved in the delivery of our national programme.

Scotland’s vaccination programme has been one of the fastest in the world, but it’s clear there are some people – particularly aged under 40 – who have been offered a second appointment and, for whatever reason, have not yet attended. Our message to you is clear. It’s not too late to get your vaccine and it remains vital that you get both doses in order to give maximum protection against this virus. Please don’t leave the job half done.

We are working to make it as simple as possible for people to get their vaccines, and have increased the options available for how and when people choose to be vaccinated, such as drop-in and open-access clinics.

While we are in the process of emerging from the pandemic, high case rates at the moment underline the fact that this virus is still a significant threat and the importance of getting vaccinated cannot be underestimated.

Rearrange a vaccination appointment

Information on drop-in clinics