Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said she “can’t wait” to receive her first dose of the coronavirus vaccine later this month.
She said it had been a “grim year” for everybody because of the virus, as she revealed that she will receive her first vaccine injection in mid-April.
Like many other people, Ms Sturgeon, 50, tweeted a picture of her blue envelope with the vaccine appointment after it arrived through her letterbox.
She told the PA news agency: “It’s middle of April it’s due. I can’t wait.”
She added that she has been waiting for the letter to arrive, as she was aware health service bosses in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, where she lives, had started sending out appointments to those aged over 50.
Ms Sturgeon revealed she received her vaccination appointment at the same time as her husband, SNP chief executive Peter Murrell, got his.
She said: “Peter is a few years older than me, so I expected his to come before mine. He was getting very ‘where’s my blue envelope’.
“They actually came on the same day, and he gets his (vaccine) a day before me, at a different vaccination centre. Obviously I am in a younger cohort, which is why I am going somewhere else.”
Ms Sturgeon said that while she has been leading the Scottish Government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, she has also “experienced this as a human being over the past year”.
She recalled how last year she had been unable to visit her nephew on his 18th birthday because of the virus, and said that although he had now turned 19 she had only seen him “outdoors, I think twice, in the intervening period”.
Ms Sturgeon said: “All of that, separation from family, all of the trauma, the upset that everybody is experiencing, I am not exempt from. It has been a grim year for everybody, including me.”
She added that the vaccination campaign was “going well” in all four nations of the UK, with a high take-up rate for the jabs.
“People just want to get vaccinated,” Ms Sturgeon said.
“If I look at my Twitter feed, it is just full of people posting pictures of their blue envelopes and full of joy at getting to be vaccinated.”