The vaccination campaign is starting to reduce the Covid death toll in Scotland, the country’s first minister has said.
Nicola Sturgeon said that there was now “hard evidence” that the vaccinations were having a positive impact.
The number of deaths has fallen for three consecutive weeks, with deaths in care homes reducing by 62% in that time.
Deaths at home have fallen by 29% and in hospitals by 11%.
Older residents in care homes were treated as the top priority when the vaccination programme rollout began.
The first minister told MSPs that with the exception of one week in August – when only two deaths were registered – care homes accounted for a smaller proportion of overall Covid deaths last week than at any time since March last year.
Ms Sturgeon went on to say that a breakdown of deaths by age showed a 45% drop over the past three weeks among the over-85 age group, according to National Records of Scotland (NRS) figures.