COVID-19

Last Updated: 17/01/2022

Current Scottish Government Guidelines

Socialising

  • From Monday the 24th of January, restrictions brought in on Boxing Day will be lifted. This includes the re-opening of nightclubs, social distancing rules in bars and restaurants being relaxed, and large indoor events resuming.
  • In the meantime, live public events are limited to 100 indoors (standing), or 200 indoors (sitting). Physical distancing of one metre will be required within these limits. Non-professional indoor contact sports should not take place. Nightclubs are closed, while pubs and restaurants will be utilising table service.
  • Adults and children over 12 must wear face coverings in shops, hospitality venues, public transport, and crowded outdoor areas. Face coverings may be removed when drinking and dining.
  • Proof of a negative lateral flow test is required before visiting someone in a hospital or care home, or when accompanying someone to a medical appointment.
  • Admission to certain events and venues using the COVID Pass scheme require proof of a full course of vaccinations and a booster jab, or a proof of a negative lateral flow test taken in the last 48 hours. You can download the NHS Scotland COVID Status app here.

Testing and Self Isolation

  • If you test positive on a lateral flow test, you must now self-isolate for seven days. You do not need to book a PCR test.
  • Household contacts of anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate for seven days, regardless of the result of a PCR test.
  • Close contacts not in the same household must take a PCR test as soon as possible. As long as they have no symptoms, and two weeks have passed since their second dose of the vaccine, they can end self-isolation early if their PCR test comes back negative.
  • Anyone travelling to the UK must take a PCR or lateral flow test in the two days before their departure, and take a PCR test within 48 hours of arrival in the UK. They must then self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated must also take a a PCR test eight days after arrival.
  • Pupils and teachers in secondary schools must continue to wear face coverings, and maintain one-metre social distance. All school staff and secondary school pupils should take a lateral flow test twice a week.
  • Lateral flow test kits can be picked up from pharmacies and collection sites. You can view a list of places in your area here. Alternatively, you can request to have tests delivered to your home online.

Vaccination

Drop in clinics

Anyone who is over 18, or in one of the previous at-risk groups (16+ with health condition, unpaid carer or household contact of immunosuppressed) can now attend a drop in for their first or second dose or their COVID booster from 12 weeks after their second dose.

12 to 17-year-olds can now attend a drop in clinic for their first dose or for their second dose as long as it has been 12 weeks since their first dose. Some people aged 12 to 15 will receive an appointment letter for their second dose in the post as these had already been issued before the guidance changed to offer drop-in jabs. Those who have already been given a date for their second jab can call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 to bring the appointment forward.

12 to 15-year-olds who are in an at-risk group can drop in for their second dose as long as it has been 8 weeks since their first dose. People in this age group are asked to bring only one parent or carer with them to the drop-in clinic to keep the numbers attending the centres to a minimum.

You can also drop in for your booster if you are in one of the previous at-risk groups (16+ with health condition, unpaid carer or household contact of immunosuppressed) and it has been 12 weeks since your second dose.

Please remember to cancel your appointment if you are not going to attend, so that it can be given to somebody else who needs it.

COVID-19 boosters

Over 18s

If you are aged 18 or over, and it has been 12 weeks since your second vaccination, you can book an appointment for your booster at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or 0800 030 8013, or visit your nearest drop-in centre.

At-risk groups

People aged over 16 who have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney diseases, are an unpaid carer or live with someone who is immunosuppressed, can now book an appointment at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or 0800 030 8013, or visit your nearest drop-in centre.  Boosters can be given a minimum of 12 weeks since your second dose.

Severely immunosuppressed

Adults aged 16 or over with a severely weakened immune system are being offered a third primary dose. They will also be offered a booster dose to extend the protection from previous doses. The booster dose can be given at least 3 months (12 weeks) after your third primary dose.  You can book an appointment at www.nhsinform.scot/vaccinebooking or 0800 030 8013.

Housebound patients

Those who are housebound have been called directly by our vaccination teams to arrange a suitable time for a home visit. Both the COVID booster and flu vaccines will be given at the same appointment if eligible.  If you have not been contacted for an appointment please call 01382 423108.

Frontline health and social care workers

COVID booster and flu vaccination appointments can be booked at www.nhsinform.scot/HSCWvaccination or visit your nearest drop-in centre.

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