The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Covid vaccine incentive scheme looked at


The Scottish Government is “looking carefully” at a possible incentive scheme to encourage people to take the Covid vaccine.

Earlier this month the UK Government announced partnershi­ps with the likes of Uber and Deliveroo to offer discounts to people getting the jab.

It also said vouchers or money-off codes could be handed out at vaccine sites.

Incentive schemes are in place in many other countries – with some offering lotteries for luxury homes and cars, and others turning to sacks of rice, hunting rifles and even live chickens.

Overall, 90% of Scotland’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Covid vaccine, and 75% have had both.

But there are concerns about uptake in the 18 to 29-year-old age group.

While everyone in that demographi­c has been offered at least one dose, the latest stats show just threequart­ers have taken it up so far.

Many are still awaiting appointmen­ts for their second dose, with less than 30% having received it so far.

Last week First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said uptake in the age group “has been good, relative to our initial expectatio­ns, but we want it to be better”.

A Scottish Government spokeswoma­n said: “The vaccinatio­n programme has been one of the fastest in the world with 90% of the adult population having received their first dose – far beyond our planning assumption of 80% – and so far 75% have received their second dose.

“We are always keen to explore ways to increase the vaccinatio­n rate and are looking carefully at appropriat­e incentive schemes.”

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