Coronavirus

COVID: Sturgeon to make 'full use' of military support for booster jab programme

Nicola Sturgeon has also outlined new measures being taken to tackle the new wave of Omicron cases to the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland's First Minister has said she will make "full use" of any military support available to boost the coronavirus vaccination programme as cases rise.

With the new Omicron variant driving up case numbers – the military has once again been called on to help fight this tide of infections.

As well as planning to increase the number of booster jabs being given out, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined plans to limit socialising to three households and add more social distancing measures in businesses.

More than 100 personnel are being deployed to help support Scotland's booster jab campaign.

Nicola Sturgeon has also announced that the coronavirus booster programme will take priority over the flu vaccine in an attempt to speed up its rollout.

She told the Scottish Parliament: "Given its vital importance against Omicron, we will prioritise the COVID booster programme over the remainder of the flu vaccination programme for the next few weeks.

"This will allow many more booster appointments to be made available."

Ms Sturgeon also said the government was looking to find venues to use as drop-in vaccinations centres, similar to earlier in the year, and health boards were attempting to increase capacity to enable drop-in clinics.

She added: "Just as vaccines started to win this race, the virus learned to run faster. That means we must deliver boosters even faster."

Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that 42 military planning teams are being deployed across England as the coronavirus booster programme is widened out.

Also announced is that people in Scotland who have received their vaccine will no longer be asked to wait for 15 minutes afterwards in an effort to reduce queues at vaccination centres.