Covid

Frontline services continue to be affected by Covid

FRONTLINE services provided by Shetland Islands Council continue to be affected by Covid related staff absences, chief executive Maggie Sandison confirmed to Shetland News. Social care, education and ferry services are all affected by the continuously high levels of absence leading to cancellations and bottlenecks in service delivery. With all Covid restrictions lifted in Scotland […] Shetland News …


Covid testing changes should ease pressure on local health teams

PUBLIC health officials are hoping that newly announced changes to Covid testing and isolation requirements will help to ease pressure on the local Test and Protect team. NHS Shetland’s interim director of public health Dr Susan Laidlaw said contact tracers and testing staff have been kept busy amid a sharp rise in the number of […] Shetland News …


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 …