All over 18s in Moray are now expected to have been offered their Covid vaccines within the next two weeks.
The programme has been accelerated in the region by NHS Grampian amid a surge of cases in Elgin and surrounding communities in recent weeks.
Opening hours at the Fiona Elcock Vaccination Centre have been extended to 10pm to accommodate the faster rollout.
‘Enormous interest’ in Covid vaccines
Large queues have formed outside the Edgar Road retail park unit in Elgin at times for walk-up appointments.
It has now been confirmed that all over 18s in the region will now have been offered an appointment before the end of the month – if not sooner.
Moray Council leader Graham Leadbitter said: “I had discussions with the deputy first minister, the chief medical officer and Chris Littlejohn from NHS Grampian on Monday.
“He was updating me that the expectation is that every adult over 18 should be offered an appointment by the end of the month and hopefully it can be quicker than that.
“We’re a couple of weeks away from that achievement, a tremendous number of vaccines have been administered.
“Significant numbers of people have been turning up for the walk-in offer now available at the Fiona Elcock Centre.
“The important thing to remember is to be patient and if it’s busy people may be asked to go away and come back again.”
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Moray expected to remain at Level 3
NHS Grampian has reported “enormous interest” in its accelerated vaccine rollout in Moray, which will still include second doses being administered within 12 weeks of the first jab.
Meanwhile, health officials have confirmed the programme will not mean Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire residents will receive their vaccinations any slower than they would have done.
The accelerated vaccination programme in Moray comes as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed it is “highly probable” the region will be held at Level 3 Covid restrictions longer than the rest of Scotland.
However, Mr Leadbitter has confirmed the delay is likely to be “days rather than weeks” amid hopes case numbers will begin to drop soon.
He added: “Public health is very clear there is no significant transmission in schools.
“There are cases in schools because there is transmission in the wider community, and schools are part of the community, but they are satisfied the mitigation measures in place there are very satisfactory.”