The Scottish Tory MSP grilled the First Minister over the impossibility of care home residents to travel to vaccination hubs to get their anti-Covid jabs – something Nicola Sturgeon has admitted might have to be organised. The Pfizer vaccine approved by UK regulators this week must be stored at -70C, but most care homes will not have the facilities to accommodate this requirement.
Ruth Davidson blasted: “The way in which this vaccine is stored and transported means that it will be extremely difficult to bring it to individual care homes – a point acknowledged by the Health Secretary this morning and the First Minister just a moment ago.
“But the head of Scottish Care is warning that many care home residents are too frail or vulnerable to be transported to the hubs where the vaccines are.
“Care home residents and their families have suffered enough through this pandemic and the possibility that a promised vaccine could now be delayed is yet another blow.
“So what now is the plan for Scottish care home residents who were promised they would be the first in the queue to receive this vaccine?”
The SNP leader replied: “I think it’s really important to understand the issues here and I heard the Prime Minister talk about exactly what I’m going to talk about.
“This is not something that is in any way unique to Scotland. This is about the particular characteristics of the Pfizer/BionTech vaccine.
“She’s right to point out this is about the ultra-low temperature it has to be stored at.
“This is something for all four nations.”
She added: “We will use vaccines as soon as they become available as closely as possible in line with the order of prioritisation set out.
“If for the first period it is difficult to get vaccines to care homes, obviously we will use these supplies for NHS and staff who work in care homes.”
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