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Coronavirus / Covid vaccine clinic scheduled for next week as health board warns isles are ‘not out of the woods yet’

ANOTHER Covid vaccine clinic is scheduled for next Wednesday (25 August) for anyone who has not had a first dose.

It is also open to anyone who had their first injection before June 30 and who has not yet had their second dose.

The clinic is taking place at the Gilbertson Park games hall in Lerwick between 2pm and 9pm.

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Meanwhile Shetland is “not out of the woods” yet when it comes to coronavirus, according to an NHS Shetland official.

But locum public health consultant Dr Dermot Gorman said the vaccination programme is showing good results.

“While the island setting gives advantages, we should not be complacent and keep up mask wearing, washing hands and avoiding crowds, where possible,” he said.

“People are moving around as we open up and are inevitably coming here from areas with higher levels of Covid.

“Nationally, we expect quite a rise with this internal movement plus the schools going back. We are not out of the woods yet – having said that the evidence is, if you are vaccinated you are very unlikely to be properly ill and very unlikely to die if you catch Covid.”

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One new case of Covid was recorded in Shetland today (Monday), while one was reported over the weekend.

The seven-day transmission rate of Covid in Shetland is lower than in the rest of Scotland, but the health board said the virus is still circulating in the community.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) though is reporting a weak presence of Covid in Shetland’s wastewater.

SEPA pinpoints fragments of the virus’s RNA in wastewater samples forewarning public health authorities of its presence.

Meanwhile latest data shows that 94 per cent of adults in Shetland have had a first dose of the Covid vaccine, while that figure for the second dose is 90.2 per cent.

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