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‘You had one job!’ Sturgeon confronted by Galloway over Scottish vaccine failure
January 26, 2021
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The former Labour and Respect Party MP has publicly mocked Nicola Sturgeon on Twitter, proclaiming the First Minister “had one job”, which was to ensure the rollout of the covid vaccine ran smoothly. But Scotland is trailing behind the other UK nations, having vaccinated 9.4 percent of over-18s, lower than the UK average of 12.4 percent.
Scotland’s seven-day average rate of administering the jab has improved, but the total number of doses given to the population remains the lowest of all four nations.
Mr Galloway has weighed in on the matter, commenting on a graph comparing the statistics of the four nations that clearly shows Scotland trailing behind.
The Tweet, written by ‘Agent P’ said: “It was the UK Government which since last Summer, signed binding deals with 7 separate vaccine suppliers, has since arranged and protected continuity of supply and then distributed the vaccines around the 4 nations.
“All Sturgeon had to do was arrange a speedy rollout…”
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Mr Galloway responded to the Tweet and said: “You had just one job…”
The First Minister has defended Scotland’s slower national rollout by pointing out the country had vaccinated nearly all care home residents.
She said about 90 percent have had their first dose.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said three quarters of England’s care home residents have been vaccinated.
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Ms Sturgeon also said the Scottish government is planning to accelerate the speed and breadth of its vaccination programme shortly, which could include 24-hour services.
She said: “We are looking at all of these options to make sure that as the supply increases, we can get it to people as quickly as possible.”
But opposition parties in the Scottish government have heavily criticised Ms Sturgeon for the nation’s slow rollout and rubbished her defence.
Willie Rennie, leader of the Scottish Lib Dems, said: “The first minister’s excuses on the rollout of the vaccine are wearing very thin.
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“It may take longer to vaccinate someone in a care home but that doesn’t mean the hundreds of thousands of unused vaccines should be left in storage when GPs could be sticking them in people’s arms.”
Douglas Ross, the Scottish Tory leader, also weighed in on the debate.
He said: “They are failing to deliver the seven-day service that was promised.
“GPs are still not getting supplies quickly enough from the SNP. “While vaccinations slowed over the weekend, the SNP were debating their plan for a second independence referendum this year.”
The Scottish government encountered another blunder with its vaccine plans, as it announced on Sunday people aged 70-79 would receive their vaccination appointment letters from Monday.
They said some letters would be sent out in blue envelopes and given Royal Mail priority.
But in a second statement the government said the coloured envelopes were not yet read.
It said this would not impact the vaccination programme timetable.