Care home vaccinations to start this week

Residents of homes for older people in Scotland will begin to receive the Pfizer vaccine against the Covid-19 virus from Monday 14th December.

After more than 5,000 key NHS workers and vaccinators received the Pfizer vaccine in the first few days of the programme, it is now being extended to include care home staff and residents.

The move has been made possible following confirmation that the Pfizer vaccine can be ‘packed down’ into smaller pack sizes. The vaccine, is received in packs of 195 five dose vials which must be diluted before use,  but these can also be  transported in an unfrozen state for up to 12 hours, and can be stored undiluted for up to five days.