Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Wednesday) welcomed the publication of new guidance that will allow the Pfizer vaccine to be transported to smaller island communities.
Concerns had initially been raised around whether the vaccine could be distributed to more remote parts of the country.
Mr McArthur therefore raised the matter as a point of order in parliament to call for an urgent resolution that would allow priority groups living in smaller island communities to have equal access to the vaccine as previously promised by the Health Secretary.
Orkney’s MSP has now welcomed the new guidance which confirms that the vaccine can be transported from the Orkney mainland to the smaller isles.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“News that the vaccine has now been approved for distribution to all island communities will certainly come as a huge relief to those who may have feared missing out.
“I appreciate that with such a new vaccine extra care needs to be taken around the way in which it is rolled out. However, I commend the work put in to ensure that the Pfizer vaccine can now be accessed by those living in the isles, many of whom fall into priority categories.
“Hopefully, with further vaccines on the way, future phases of the programme do not experience similar logistical headaches. Meantime, I want to thank those who are working so hard to take forward this vitally important vaccination programme, not just in Orkney but across the country”.