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Coronavirus / Remote island communities get their vaccine

Meeting also hears that one of the two Covid cases recorded in Shetland in the last month was a ‘false positive’

Foula. Photo: Hans J Marter/Shetland News

ALL people on Shetland’s non-doctor islands – Fair Isle, Fetlar, Skerries and Foula – who want the Covid vaccine have received their first dose.

NHS Shetland’s James McConnachie gave the update to a meeting of Shetland’s community safety and resilience board on Thursday.

He also said that one of two cases of coronavirus recorded in Shetland in the last month was a “false positive that subsequently tested negative”.

The other case, he said, was related to off-island travel.

McConnachie gave an update on the vaccination rollout, with nearly half of Shetland’s adult population having had their first dose.

This includes good coverage of people living in some of Shetland’s most remote communities.

“All non-doctor islands in Shetland have been vaccinated if they want it,” he added.

Health centres in Yell, Unst, Whalsay and Hillswick are continuing to provide vaccinations for those in some of the more rural areas.

The meeting heard that second vaccine doses for care homes residents will be finishing this week.

Care home staff are also getting their second dose, with this amounting to around 2,000 people.

McConnachie reiterated that issues with vaccine supply, which is outwith NHS Shetland’s control, means that progress may slow down.

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