Covid

Rise in Covid cases likely to be ‘natural lag’ behind mainland spike

THE INCREASING number of Covid cases in Shetland is likely to be a “natural lag” behind the Scottish mainland, according to a leading health official. NHS Shetland’s interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said the infection is being introduced in the isles by people who have been south, or are visiting Shetland, and […] Shetland News …




Plenty of help at hand to deliver mass vaccination programme

NHS Shetland will be “digging into a good pool of resource” to deliver mass Covid vaccinations over the coming months, according to health chiefs – with offers of help coming in from the isles’ emergency services and third sector. It was announced this morning (Thursday) that three mass vaccination centres in Lerwick and Scalloway will […] Shetland News …



New Covid vaccine to be used from next week

THE NEW Covid vaccine recently approved for use in the UK will begin to be administered in Shetland from next week. The first batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine, containing enough for 200 doses, arrived in the isles earlier this week. Unlike the first Pfizer vaccine, it can be stored at regular fridge temperatures – meaning […] Shetland News …


Health agency releases more data on spread of virus

MORE detailed information on the location of confirmed coronavirus cases in Shetland has been released by Public Health Scotland. The health agency is now giving regional breakdowns of cases across the country over seven day periods. Using Scottish Government figures, it splits Shetland into areas and shows that the North Mainland had 16 positive tests […] Shetland News …


‘Please don’t take chances’: local GP warns against Covid complacency

A LOCAL doctor has warned people not to “take chances” when it comes to protecting themselves against Covid. Hillswick GP Susan Bowie encouraged people to “behave as you might have Covid” and don’t be tempted into nipping into a friend’s for a visit because the virus is still circulating. She took to social media to […] Shetland News …


Number of positive cases rises by four

NHS Shetland has confirmed that four new positive coronavirus cases were recorded yesterday evening (Monday). This means that there were 14 cases recorded yesterday. This is an updated figure from the 10 which NHS Shetland initially reported. The health board said on Monday that no-one with Covid was in hospital. A spokesperson said another update is […] Shetland News …


Health board expects more Covid cases as figure rises again

TWO more cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Shetland – with the local health board expecting more in the coming days. NHS Shetland said the new cases are linked. It means there have been four new cases confirmed in the last week. The health board said an “extensive contact tracing process is ongoing”. A particular […] Shetland News …