AYRSHIRE has the lowest number of 40-49-year-olds who have received the first dose of their vaccination in the country, according to the latest data.

Across the three Ayrshires, an average of 51.7% of that age group have had their first jab.

This is as much as 34% lower than some other mainland council areas across the country.

The Scottish average for 40-49-year-old's first dose as of yesterday (May 20) was 71.8%.

Despite this, the numbers appear slightly unbalanced, as 26.9% of 40-49-year-olds across Ayrshire have received their second dose, which is the fourth highest in the country.

The Scottish average for second doses as of yesterday (May 20) was 21%.

When asked about the vaccination numbers, a statement by Lynne McNiven, Director of Public Health read: "NHS Ayrshire & Arran has continued to see an incredible response to our local mass vaccination programme.

"From 10 May 2021, people aged between 40 - 49 years started to be invited to attend a mass vaccination clinic for their COVID-19 vaccination as set out nationally.

"Many of the people aged between 40-49 years old who are part of cohort 6 with pre-existing conditions or have declared themselves as a carer are already receiving their second vaccination.

"This would make both these groups eligible for their vaccination prior to their age group being invited. Those who do not meet the eligible criteria are being called by their age range set out according to the JCVI prioritisation guidelines".