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Countries Taken Off The Red List

Vaccinated traveller policy also expanded South Africa, Mexico and Thailand are among 47 countries coming off the international travel red list from 11 October. The changes – agreed on a four nation basis – leave a smaller red list consisting of Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama,

Graeme Nominates Voluntary Action Angus Head as Local Hero

Parliament Ceremony to Mark Outstanding Pandemic Response Efforts Graeme has nominated the Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Angus, Hayley Mearns, as his Local Hero – to be honoured at the Scottish Parliament’s belated Opening Ceremony. Ahead of the event planned for early October, each MSP

Don’t Leave the Job Half Done

Remaining Under-40s Urged to Get 2nd Vaccine Dose People aged under 40 who have still to receive their second dose of a COVID vaccine are being urged to book an appointment, or go to a drop-in clinic, and maximise the protection offered. The number of

Private COVID Tests for Scotland Arrivals

Clamp Down on Poor Performers Allows Economy Boosting Step People will be able to use private sector tests when returning, or visiting, from green or amber list countries under a change to international travel restrictions. The step will allow people to choose from a list

Teacher Numbers to Increase

£50m to recruit extra school staff Targeted funding to recruit 1,000 new teachers and 500 pupil support assistants in the next academic year has been announced by Education Secretary Shirley-Anne Somerville. The additional £50 million will support COVID-19 education recovery as schools return to full

Funding for Seafood Sector Recovery

Support for industry impacted by Brexit and Covid-19 Funding of £1.8 million will help Scottish seafood businesses recover from the severe economic impacts of Brexit and Covid-19. The funding, managed by trade marketing body Seafood Scotland, will support seafood businesses to access new markets within

First Steps Towards a National Care Service

‘Real life experts’ to help focus on what really matters to people receiving social care. Health Secretary Humza Yousaf and Minister for Social Care Kevin Stewart have welcomed the first meeting of a Social Covenant Steering Group, set up to help guide the development of

Graeme’s Monthly Column

A Call for Kindness & Respect As an MSP and Scottish Government minister I find some of the very best and, sadly, worst of societal behaviours brought to me. The former, as you might imagine, can be a thoroughly uplifting experience – providing welcome reminders

Health Secretary Visits Arbroath Vaccine Drop-In Clinic

First Dose Phase of Vaccination Programme Nears Completion Health Secretary Humza Yousaf has visited a drop-in vaccination clinic in Arbroath, as the national programme nears completion of first doses for all adults who attended their scheduled appointments on Sunday. The clinic in Arbroath is one

£12m to Health Boards for Emergency Care

Supporting the NHS The Scottish Government has released £12 million in additional funding to health boards across Scotland to support non-COVID emergency care. This immediate action will help put measures in place to reduce waiting times for urgent or emergency treatment, with a focus on