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Coronavirus / Covid vaccine expected to arrive on Thursday

AT LEAST 400 islanders, mainly frontline health workers, care home staff and some care home residents, will be the first in Shetland to be vaccinated against Covid-19 later this week.

NHS Shetland is expecting to take delivery of the first batch of Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine on Thursday.

Nationally the vaccinating programme will get underway on Tuesday. People will require two doses of the vaccine.

NHS Shetland expects to initially receive 975 doses in 195 multi-dose vials

The vaccine, which has to be stored at extremely low temperatures, was approved by medicines regulator MRHA last month.

Due to the complicated logistics administering the jab will take place in a vaccination centre, most likely the Gilbert Bain Hospital.

Those in the highest risk groups will be directly invited to be vaccinated. The health board urged islanders not to contact their GPs with request for Covid vaccinations.

Other vaccines such as those developed by Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna are expected to become available soon.

Meanwhile, Covid infection figures across Scotland are coming down, and first minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed today (Monday) that all 11 central belt council areas will move out of level four Covid restrictions on Friday.

There have been 677 further cases of Covid registered in Scotland, with no new positive tests in the Northern Isles. However, there have been 28 further deaths since Friday.