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Roughly half the people given appointments at a mass vaccination centre in Glasgow failed to turn up last weekend, the BBC has reported.
A “considerable” number of no-shows were recorded at the Hydro concert venue in central Glasgow on both Saturday and Sunday despite a recent surge of cases in the city that left it the only part of Scotland to remain under tier 3 lockdown controls.
The centre, next to the Louisa Jordan temporary hospital set up at the Scottish exhibition centre and directly opposite BBC Scotland’s headquarters on the Clyde, can administer at least 4,000 vaccinations a day.
Glasgow remained in Scotland’s second toughest lockdown tier after recording the country’s highest rate; it is now second, with a case rate of 136.8 per 100,000 people, just behind Clackmannanshire. Last week, under-40s in southern Glasgow were urged to book vaccinations after a surge in cases, tentatively linked to the India variant.
Jason Leitch, the Scottish government’s national clinical director, confirmed there were bigger numbers of non-attendees than expected and that it was being looked into. Speaking to BBC Radio Scotland, he said:
It’s not simple, it will be a mixture of reasons. Some of it will be our fault, because we didn’t send letters in time or the appointments didn’t go where they were supposed to go.
Some of it will be vaccine hesitancy and some will be complacency. But it doesn’t matter if you didn’t attend, we just want you to come. Make a new appointment and come back.
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