A WOMAN who lived through the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 has been vaccinated against Covid-19. 

Emily Lawson was born in 1919 in the aftermath of the First World War as a pandemic which claimed more lives than that conflict swept across the globe. 

Now the Kirkintilloch woman has been vaccinated against Covid-19 as the battle against the virus gears up. 

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As a baby, she was found lying next to her mother, who had been stricken with the deadly bug, too ill to look after her child. 

Unfazed by the procedure, Emily said after her jag: "It was normal, just another vaccine".

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said it currently has more than 450 vaccinators working across hospital and community settings to deliver Covid-19 vaccinations in a "swift and safe" manner. Currently, the health board is vaccinating around 20,000 people every week and in February, this number is expected to rise to 80,000.

For patients aged 80 and over, GPs are taking the lead to get jags to their extra-vulnerable patients. 

Dr Linda De Caestecker, director for public health at the health board said: “We have had a very high uptake of the vaccine so far with thousands of eligible staff and care home residents vaccinated already and it’s fantastic to see the community rollout begin. 

“Our teams are working extremely hard to get as many people possible vaccinated as quickly as possible during this time.

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“However, the rollout does not mean we can let our guard down. Our hospitals are extremely busy with Covid-19 admissions and our staff are working tirelessly to look after both Covid and non-Covid patients.

“We would urge everyone to continue following the rules to help minimise the spread of the virus.” 

It comes after the Scottish Government revealed its masterplan to roll out the vaccine, with the aim of immunising millions by May this year.