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Around a quarter of the adult population of the Western Isles has now received the full protection of a double set of Covid-19 vaccinations.

And more than three-quarters have had a single shot…hugely reducing, though far from eliminating, the risk of community transmission from any further cases of Covid-19.

The latest update from NHSWI Chief Exec Gordon Jamieson confirmed that there had once again been no new cases of COVID-19 in the Western Isles, providing the biggest break in caseload - 3.5 weeks – since the rash of local outbreaks started with the turn of the year.  Orkney has gone eight  weeks without a case. 

Speaking last night (Friday April 16) on social media, Mr Jamieson said the around 76% of the adult population in the Western Isles has now received a first dose of vaccine and, of those, around 32% have received a second dose.

"We have now moved into the aged 35 and over cohort for vaccinations and would invite anyone in that age group to contact us for an appointment."

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"We have clinic availability this weekend and next week."

On the NHS Facebook Page, there were many positive comments including: "Excellent work from all concerned in vaccine programme, thanks again for updating us on continuous encouraging news."

If you have a concern or enquiry about COVID-19 or its vaccine, please contact:

  • For COVID vaccine related enquiries - visit: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or contact the National COVID Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am – 8pm 7 days a week).
  • For COVID general enquiries - contact the local COVID-19 Health Concern Helpline on 01851 601151 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternatively you can visit the local Coronavirus website at: https://www.coronavirus.wi.nhs.scot/

Scottish summary: 15 April 2021

  • 237 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 23,580 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results
  • 1.2% of these were positive
  • 1 new reported death of people who have tested positive
  • 115 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 16 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 2,708,691 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination
  • 661,975 have received their second dose of a Covid vaccination
 

However, it will only be a week and half to wait until transport links are fully reopened for all on 26 April. At this point mainland Scotland is due to move into level three.

A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “From 16 April there will be no restrictions on people travelling within Scotland to meet family and friends outdoors in groups of up to six people from six households socially, for recreation and for exercise.

“Under-12s do not count towards the number of people meeting or households.

“Overnight stays away from a person’s local area are not permitted for that purpose.

“People should continue to Stay Local for other purposes such as non-essential shopping, and public transport capacity will continue to be limited in Level 4 areas.

“We plan to open travel fully between the mainland and islands from 26 April.”