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There are the first signs that the immense vaccination drive which has swept the Western Isles into first place in the rankings for Covid-19 vaccinations nationally is beginning to slow down.

This is with vaccinations available to everyone over-18 - the Western Isles is the first place in Scotland to offer this.  

The latest update from NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson admits that: "People are not coming forward in the numbers expected: please if you do want the vaccine, make contact ASAP for that important first dose.

"We continue to invite those aged 18 or over for the vaccine and have significant clinic capacity available."

With the islands opening up to more visitors, it’s a crucial time for people to protect themselves.

There's a clinic in Stornoway today (Wednesday) which had a number of booking slots available still by late yesterday.  

Experts acknowledge the challenge is that vaccination is a mass activity - everyone working together for everyone's benefit. And it is true that in the past some people survived even the worst outbreaks of disease, like the smallpox epidemic on St Kilda in 1727.  But without enough vaccinations, lots of people are deprived of the chance to avoid the disease.  

Once again. there were no new cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday (Tuesday May 4) on the Western Isles.

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Scottish summary: 4 May 2021
  • 139 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 13,744 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 1.1% of these were positive
  • 0 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends)  
  • 58 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 11 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 2,833,761 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination
  • 1,348,050 have received their second dose of a Covid vaccination