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Transparent Face Masks Introduced to NHS Scotland

Help for people with communication needs New transparent face masks, made in Scotland, have been approved for use in health and social care settings. The new transparent masks, which feature a clear front panel to enable lip reading, will make communication easier and help reduce

Booster Jab Roll-Out Continues

Advance booking facility for 40-49 year olds. People aged 40-49 years old will be able to use the NHS Inform online portal or national phoneline to book their COVID-19 booster appointments from tomorrow (Saturday). Appointments will be available from 30 November and the booking must

Contact Tracing Workforce Safeguarded

£33.1 Million to Retain Over 500 Posts Scotland’s contact tracing workforce will remain in place until September 2022, through a funding commitment of £33.1 million. The investment will secure almost 500 posts at local health boards around the country. This is as well as additional

Autumn/Winter Vaccination Milestone

One and half million third doses and boosters delivered. Scotland’s Autumn/Winter vaccination programme has delivered more than one and a half million third doses and boosters (1,502,266) of the COVID-19 jab. The roll-out continues to see high coverage across all eligible groups for first, second

Negative Test Becomes Part of Certification Scheme

Expanded Testing Needed to Keep Cases Down People attending venues covered by Scotland’s COVID certification scheme are to be given the option of providing a recent negative lateral flow test for the virus, as an alternative to proof of vaccination. It means that individuals who

Online Portal for Autumn/Winter Vaccination Programme

Advance booking facility for booster and flu jabs. An online portal is now available to allow people aged 50 to 59, unpaid carers who are 16 and over, and those aged 16 and over who are household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals to book their Autumn/Winter vaccination

More Measures to Improve A&E Wait Times

Further £10m Winter Funding for NHS An additional £10 million is going to health boards across Scotland to bring in a range of measures to get A&E patients to the right care as quickly as possible. This includes deploying physiotherapists and occupational therapists at A&E

Scotland’s Covid Certificates Accepted by EU

Scots Must Update Status Before Travelling Abroad Scotland and the rest of the UK have been formally adopted into the European Union’s Digital Covid Certificate (EU DCC) scheme, the European Commission has confirmed. All Covid status certificates will be recognised across Europe on Monday November 1st, as

Additional Funding to Tackle COVID

£482 Million for Pandemic Costs The Scottish Government is allocating a further £482 million to NHS Boards and Integration Authorities to meet costs of the pandemic and remobilising health services. This includes funding for Test and Protect and to support the progress of the vaccination

Delivering the Right Care in the Right Setting

£10m to Avoid Hospital Stays & Prevent Delayed Discharge The Scottish Government is investing an additional £10 million to help patients avoid a hospital stay wherever possible – and to prevent delayed discharge for inpatients. This is part of a range of actions included in