THERE has been a “drastic” decrease in the number of people failing to turn up for their coronavirus vaccine appointments at SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow, the Health Secretary has said.

Humza Yousaf said he was encouraged by the fact the numbers of “did not attends” had fallen over the last few days.

On the weekend of May 22 and 23, around half of all vaccination appointments at the SSE Hydro were missed.

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Speaking to the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme, he said the 18 to 29-year-old cohort would begin to be vaccinated in the greater Glasgow area this week.

A number of drop-in vaccination centres have also been set up in parts of Glasgow affected by the recent outbreak.

Yousaf said: “Unfortunately the weekend before there was a large number of ‘did not attends’ at the Hydro.

“On Thursday and Friday certainly the data that came through to me that was verified certainly show that the numbers of ‘did not attends’ have drastically fallen, which is positive.

“There’s still a lot of people not attending and so we’re putting a lot of effort into that younger cohort.”

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Discussing the rest of Scotland, the Health Secretary said not all areas may move to Level 1 when Level 2 restrictions come to an end on June 7.

He said: “I must be quite frank, there’s other parts of the country that clearly from the data, give us cause for concern.”

The First Minister is due to update the Scottish Parliament on the move to Level 1 tomorrow.

There is a hope that Glasgow, the only area of Scotland that is still in Level 3 restrictions, will move down to Level 2 this week.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said there are "encouraging signs" that Scotland's biggest city will likely move out of Level 3 unless there are “substantial” changes to case rates.