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Coronavirus / More Covid cases inevitable as more people travel, NHS says

NHS Shetland says it is inevitable more Covid cases will be confirmed as the volume of people travelling to and from the isles increases.

Two cases have been recorded in the Scottish Government figures for Shetland in the last two days, with the latest linked to travel to the UK mainland.

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Contact tracing has been completed, and everyone affected is self-isolating.

NHS Shetland interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said: “Be aware of your health and if you feel unwell, please self-isolate and book a PCR test which can be done by visiting: https://www.coronavirus.shetland.nhs.scot.”

Dr Laidlaw stressed the importance of being vaccinated, saying it reduces the risk of serious illness and hospital admission considerably, and also appears to help reduce transmission.

A walk-in vaccination clinic is currently underway – until 4.30pm today (Saturday) at the Independent Living Centre in Lerwick.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is a Shetland resident (including returning students and temporary residents) who has not yet had their first dose of vaccine, or who has had their first dose of vaccine in April or earlier and has not yet had their second dose, is invited to attend.

If anyone needs to reschedule a vaccination, leave a message on 01595 743319 or email shet.covidvaccinationscheduling@nhs.scot

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