Responding to news that the first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in Scotland will be administered from next week, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur commented:
“People in Orkney and across the country will be relieved to hear that a vaccine is now within touching distance. This certainly now feels like a significant moment in the fightback against a virus that has caused unthinkable disruption and challenges to our lives and communities this year.
“Inevitably, attentions are already turning to how we can expect to see supplies of the vaccine administered to our islands. Ironing out any logistical and practical issues will be critically important and, while I welcome the First Minister’s recognition of the task ahead, we’ll need firm details very shortly.
“I will be following up today’s announcement with the Health Secretary and NHS Orkney over the coming days to seek that clarity. For now, however, I pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard to make this breakthrough in record-breaking time.”