A GP has spoken of the challenges healthcare professionals are facing as the coronavirus vaccine is set to be rolled out.
Frontline healthcare and social workers will be first to receive the vaccine from this week, alongside care home residents in Scotland.
Dr Carey Lunan says alongside training to administer the vaccine, GPs also face the challenge of encouraging patients to get immunised.
‘We need to make sure that the information going out to the public is really clear and that people know what to expect,” she said.
“This is a new vaccine and we need to get good vaccine uptake across the country if we are going to beat this virus.
“We are as confident as we can be that this vaccine is safe. Obviously we cant 100% say we know what the long term implications of the Covid-19 vaccination are, nobody can know that.
“But we always have to balance up what are the risks of not being vaccinated versus what are the risks of being vaccinated.
“We know that the risks of not being vaccinated are high. We’ve just reached more than 100,000 people testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland over the weekend.
“This is a serious virus and this is our way out.”