By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie, the Labour candidate in Dumbarton constituency, has raised concerns about a regional variation in the vaccine roll-out, after figures revealed huge disparities in the vaccination rates between councils.

West Dunbartonshire Council’s figures are below the national average for both 55-59 year olds and 50-54 year olds with just 76.9% and 42.8% having been vaccinated respectively. The national average for 55-59 year olds is 85.5% and 63% for 50-54 year olds.

However, Argyll and Bute Council, which includes Cardross, Helensburgh and Garelochside,  has surpassed the national average for both age groups with 90.8% of 55-59 year olds and 83% of 50-54 year olds having received a vaccine.

The figures also revealed challenges in Scotland’s biggest cities, with the proportion of 50-54 year olds vaccinated in Edinburgh and Glasgow well below the national average. Across Scotland 63.0% of 50-54 year olds have been vaccinated, while the figure in Edinburgh is just 40.6%, and in Glasgow is 47.1%.

Scottish Labour’s spokesperson for Health and Social Care Jackie Baillie said:  “While the vaccine programme is going well overall, these are alarming figures. We cannot have a postcode lottery with something as crucial as a life-saving vaccine.

“Vaccination teams across the country are working tirelessly to deliver the programme, but we must ensure that all Health Boards have the vaccine supply and resources they need.

“With the target for vaccinating everyone over 50 fast approaching, the SNP need to get moving quickly to ensure no areas are left behind.”

Vaccination Programme Local Authority breakdown as of 1 April:

55-59 Over 50-54
East Renfrewshire Council 43.5 37.2
Scottish Borders Council 45.0 38.2
Inverclyde Council 49.9 40.7
East Dunbartonshire Council 65.4 38.7
Glasgow City Council 68.0 47.1
Renfrewshire Council 68.2 40.8
Highland Council 74.7 54.6
West Dunbartonshire Council 76.9 42.8
Midlothian Council 79.3 40.8
South Ayrshire Council 81.1 77.7
West Lothian Council 86.8 41.8
Aberdeen City Council 90.2 49.2
Argyll and Bute Council 90.8 83.0
City of Edinburgh Council 91.6 40.6
Aberdeenshire Council 92.0 59.0
Moray Council 92.4 73.8
Dundee City Council 93.3 82.8
Angus Council 93.4 61.8
Shetland Islands Council 93.7 90.3
Orkney Islands Council 94.5 88.2
East Ayrshire Council 94.7 61.9
Perth and Kinross Council 94.8 61.0
North Ayrshire Council 95.1 47.6
Western Isles 95.3 91.8
Dumfries and Galloway Council 95.5 85.1
South Lanarkshire Council 96.0 93.4
East Lothian Council 96.1 39.0
Fife Council 96.4 89.2
Falkirk Council 97.1 90.1
North Lanarkshire Council 97.4 90.8
Clackmannanshire Council 97.6 92.9
Stirling Council 97.7 91.3
Scotland 85.5 63.0


The deadline for vaccinating over 50s is mid-April, so 15/16 April.

On Monday 29th there were 1,002,010 unused vaccine doses, 515,140 of which had not been delivered.


Leave a Reply