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Supporting Low-Income Workers

Self-Isolation Support Grant Scheme Pays Out £73m Low-income workers who lost earnings when they self-isolated after contracting COVID have received awards totalling almost £73 million. The temporary Self-Isolation Support Grant is the longest running scheme of its kind in the UK, with the UK Government’s

First Minister’s Emphasis on Winter Vaccinations

First Minister thanks NHS workers as she receives winter vaccinations As she received her COVID-19 and flu vaccines at Glasgow Central Mosque Vaccination Centre, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took the opportunity to thank everyone contributing to making this year’s winter vaccination programme a success. More

Record Pay Offer for NHS Staff

All NHS workers offered £2,205 pay rise. Graeme has welcomed the pay rise for the NHS staff. NHS staff are set to receive a record pay rise of £2,205 – an average 7% pay uplift – to help tackle the cost of living crisis and

Winter Vaccination Programme Underway

Latest Step in Fight Against COVID-19 People aged 65 and over, as well as frontline health and social care staff, will be first in line for a winter booster jab to protect the most vulnerable from COVID-19 and ease the pressure on hospitals. Letters with

Vaccination for 5 to 11-year-olds

Scotland accepts draft JCVI advice. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that the Scottish Government has received JCVI advice recommending the universal vaccination of 5 to 11-year-olds. – Graeme The Scottish Government has continued to follow the advice of JCVI throughout the pandemic and I

Supporting Access to COVID-19 Vaccines in Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia

£1.5 million in Scottish Government funds for UNICEF. The United Nations children’s organisation UNICEF is to receive £1.5 million from the Scottish Government to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in three African countries. The funds will support both the COVID-19 vaccination programmes

Exams on Track

Contingency measures and support in place. It remains the government’s ‘firm intention’ to hold National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher exams this Spring, Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville has restated. Taking into consideration ongoing disruption within schools, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has decided to invoke

Restrictions Eased for Care Home Residents

Isolation Periods Reduced & Removed Under new guidance issued to care home operators, most people admitted to adult care homes will no longer have to self-isolate for two weeks. People transferring from hospitals to care homes will no longer need to isolate if they have

Vaccinations for Youngsters with Specific Medical Conditions

Invitations being sent from this week. Children aged five to 11 years old who have specific medical conditions which place them at greater risk from COVID-19 will be invited for their first vaccination from this week onwards. Parents do not need to book an appointment

Placements Help Pandemic Response

Around 12,000 students support healthcare delivery. Around 12,000 students will assist in the safe delivery of health and social care as services continue to respond to the pandemic. More than 3,000 nursing and midwifery students are heading out on placements this month. A further 7,000