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Coronavirus / High Covid numbers continue to fall

SHETLAND’s high case numbers of Covid-19 continue to gradually come down with 109 cases reported over the weekend since Friday, 28 fewer than the previous weekend.

The drop in numbers comes against a background of growing infection rates nationally. Across Scotland, 8,656 new Covid cases were reported over the last 24 hours.

Scotland’s national clinical director Jason Leitch is reported as saying that the increase is not a reason to panic, but and clear indication that the pandemic is far from over.

Meanwhile, those aged 75 and over and people at highest risk of severe Covid-19 will be offered vaccination appointments for a spring booster dose from today (Monday).

A fourth dose will be offered at least 24 weeks after the last vaccine dose to:

  • adults aged 75 years and over
  • residents in care homes for older adults
  • individuals aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed

Letters are also now being sent out to parents and guardians inviting children aged five to 11 for their first vaccination appointments.

Health secretary Humza Yousaf said: “Vaccination has been our most effective tool against coronavirus.

‘However, the degree of protection offered wanes over time, which is why booster vaccination is needed to maintain the best protection against COVID-19 for those at highest risk of severe effects of the virus.

“The additional booster dose will improve your level of protection significantly and is the best way to protect your health and those around you.

“I continue to encourage everyone to receive the doses they are eligible for as and when they become available.”