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PA MediaCopyright: PA Media There’s a disagreement in Scotland over a pledge by the government to get people aged 40-49 fully vaccinated. Last month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that “by July 26, we expect to have given second doses to all 40- to 49-year-olds”. That deadline […]

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There’s a disagreement in Scotland over a pledge by the government to get people aged 40-49 fully vaccinated.

Last month, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that “by July 26, we expect to have given second doses to all 40- to 49-year-olds”.

That deadline was today – but figures show almost a quarter of that age group still have not had two doses.

Opposition parties have criticised the Scottish government over not meeting the pledge.

But Sturgeon has responded, telling the PA news agency that the government’s target was to offer first doses, not provide them, by 26 July.

“I think it’s important we deal in facts and not in childish politics, which at this time is not what we should be doing,” she said during a visit on Monday.

“No vaccination target has been missed and that’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.

“What we set ourselves the target of was offering, by now, the first dose of the vaccine to every adult, everybody over the age of 18, and two doses to the over 40 age group.

“Those targets have been met, everybody in those age groups had those offers and appointments. Uptake rates are very high by the standards of any previous vaccination programme.”

Scotland also announced 1,000 new coronavirus cases and no further deaths. There were 475 people in hospital with Covid on Sunday, the figures showed.

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