Since vaccinations started in December, NHS Tayside has reached nearly 20,000 people across the health board area to vaccinate.
Front line health workers, care home staff and residents and now the over eighties are all a part of the 18,000 people vaccinated in Highland Perthshire and the surrounding area since December 8.
The Associate Director of Public Health, Dr Daniel Chandler, said: “Our vaccination teams have put in a huge amount of work and planning to get to this stage, with significant numbers of our most at-risk communities already having had their first dose of the vaccination.
“We are really pleased to see such high uptake amongst our staff, those living and working in care homes and the older population.”
In total, 9,000 front line health and social care staff, 4,000 care home staff and 3,000 residents have been vaccinated so far.
Now NHS Tayside are also now leading the way with the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being offered to people aged 80 and above, with 2,000 does given already.
But the team want to remind people to be patient as the vaccine becomes available to more people over time.
Dr Daniel Chandler added: “We know that people are eager to get vaccinated and we appreciate everyone’s patience as we work our way through the priority groups of those who are most at risk from the virus.
“Please do not contact your GP practice to enquire about when you will receive the vaccine as they are currently very busy making arrangements and booking appointments.
“The vaccination programme is a vital step in our fight against COVID-19 but it takes 2-3 weeks for the vaccine to provide protection and it’s not known whether having the vaccine stops you spreading the virus.
“So it is really important for everyone, even if they have been vaccinated, to continue to stick with all the guidance and help stop the spread in our communities.”