Unpaid carers in Scotland are being encouraged to come forward for vaccination against coronavirus, Jeane Freeman has announced.
From Monday March 15 a new service is being launched for unpaid carers to register themselves for the jab.
The Health Secretary said: “You’re eligible if you’re aged between 16 and 64, and provide regular face-to-face care for a family member or friend who may have a disability, physical or mental ill health, a developmental condition, frailty or substance misuse.”
Freeman encouraged carers to get in touch with a new service allowing carers to register themselves for the vaccine.
Many unpaid carers have already been identified through GP records and been offered vaccinations but Freeman said those eligible should come forward.
She said: “If you are an unpaid carer and have not had an appointment please register for the new service. It is vital you get the vaccination and the protection it provides as soon as possible.”
The service is set to go live at 8am on Monday.
Freeman also announced that rough sleepers and people living in emergency accommodation will be vaccinated along with group six category of medically vulnerable adults aged 16 to 65.
Scotland has recorded 17 deaths from coronavirus and 682 positive tests in the past 24 hours, Jeane Freeman said.
It brings the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 7,500.
Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the Health Secretary said 208,429 people have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 207,747 the previous day.
The daily test positivity rate is 3.4%, up from 2.5% the previous day.
Of the new cases, 276 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 116 in Lanarkshire and 102 in Lothian.
There are 512 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, down 13 in 24 hours, and 38 patients are in intensive care, down two.
Ms Freeman said 1,844,636 people have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, up 18,836 from yesterday, and 149,409 have received their second dose.