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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

Vaccination Vital as Omicron Remains a Threat

People urged to get boosted as soon as possible. Anyone who has not yet received their booster or third dose is being urged to come forward now, to give the best possible protection against the Omicron variant. That includes anyone who was unable to attend

Targeted Funds for Culture & Events

£65m to Help Ease Pandemic Impact Details of a financial package worth £65 million for culture and major events have been confirmed by the Culture Secretary Angus Robertson. The split of the funding is as follows: for cultural businesses, organisations, venues and independent cinema support

Returning to School Safely

2nd Vaccine Dose & Asymptomatic Testing Families are being urged to get young people aged 12-15 their second dose of the COVID vaccine as early as possible in the New Year, while secondary pupils are being advised to take at-home COVID-19 tests before they return

Progress for Booster Programme

More than 70% of eligible adults have had their booster or third dose. More than seven in 10 eligible adults across Scotland have now had their COVID-19 booster or third dose. Figures published yesterday show that 72.1% of over 18s who are eligible by 31