A THIRD of people aged 16 and over in the Borders have received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

NHS Borders data shows that 35,909 people had received their first jag by 8am on Wednesday, February 17.

It means 37 per cent of people aged 16 and over in the Borders have now received their first dose, using the latest population estimates.

Across Scotland, a total of 1,255,190 people had received a jab by February 14, equating to 28 per cent of the population.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on February 16 that the target of offering doses to people aged over 70 and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable by the middle of February had been met.

She described the efforts of all those who had been involved in the coronavirus vaccine roll-out as "beyond exceptional".

According to the National Records of Scotland (NRS), the Borders had a population of 115,510 in mid-2019.

The total aged 16-plus was 97,028.