Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on April 15 that she has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca amid rare reports of blood clotting among recipients.
Sturgeon said she received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine to further strengthen her defense of the vaccine, which has caused concerns due to reports of rare but fatal blood clot cases among recipients, prompting several countries to limit its use.
“I’m actually quite glad I got AstraZeneca, because there have been concerns raised and I said that I’m confident it’s safe, but now I’m not just saying that, I’ve also had the AstraZeneca vaccine, so I’m glad about that,” Sturgeon told British news agency PA Media.
Sturgeon described receiving the vaccine as an “emotional moment.”
“I guess like many people I felt quite emotional because it’s so important this vaccination program in helping us all get back to normal,” Sturgeon told PA Media.
Sturgeon also urged others on Twitter to “get vaccinated as soon as you are able.”
According to government data, a total of 2,708,691 people in Scotland have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine while 661,975 have received the second dose, as of April 15.
Sturgeon received the first dose after she announced that COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland will ease starting on April 16.
A total of six people from six households will be allowed to meet outdoors.
People will also be allowed to travel across Scotland, but overnight stays are still prohibited.
Scotland has reported 237 new cases on April 15, bringing the total to 222,897 since the pandemic began.
Scotland also reported one new death, bringing the death toll to 7,637.