More than 100,000 people in Ayrshire have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a statement provided by NHS Ayrshire and Arran Chief Executive John Burns, it was confirmed that uptake of the vaccine has been 'very high' and to date 110,700 vaccinations have been delivered locally since the programme began in early December.

More than 50,000 people have also been welcomed to local vaccination centres to receive their first dose of the vaccine since centres began operating on February 1.

The statement read: "NHS Ayrshire and Arran has continued to see an incredible response to our local mass vaccination programme, with thousands of Ayrshire residents coming forward and rolling up their sleeves.

"Since the mass vaccination centres opened their doors on February 1, 50,593 people have been welcomed to these community venues for their vaccine.

"NHS Ayrshire & Arran have already offered vaccinations to all care home residents and staff, our frontline health and social care workforce and local GP practices have been offering appointments to the over 80s, those in the shielding group and housebound patients.

"Uptake has been very high and to date 110,700 vaccinations have been delivered locally since the programme began on December 8, 2020.

"Planning is well underway for further cohorts of patients to receive their vaccinations beyond 14 February.

"Details on future mass vaccination clinics will be published in due course."

These figures are accurate up to and including February 14 2021.