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Coronavirus – red list now reduced to just seven countries

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From Monday 11 October a total of 47 countries will be removed from the international travel red list.The changes, which are the first since 4 October when the traffic light system was scrapped, have...

Coronavirus – drop in clinics for 12 to 15 year-olds open

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Young people aged 12 to 15 will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at drop-in clinics across Lothian from Monday.Mass clinics are set up in West Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh and will open...

Coronavirus – vaccinations will now be offered to 16 and 17-year-olds

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All young people in Scotland who are aged 16 or 17 will now be offered the Covid-19 vaccination.The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has issued advice allowing young people to be offered a...
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Coronavirus – vaccine bus is in Grassmarket today and tomorrow

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NHS Lothian’s mobile Covid-19 vaccination clinic will visit Edinburgh’s Grassmarket this weekend as part of the nationwide campaign to vaccinate as many people as possible.The mobile clinic will be run by the health board...

Coronavirus – moving to Level 0 from 19 July

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Confirming the change to Level 0 during a statement to parliament on Tuesday over video link, the First Minister urged people to stick to Covid-19 measures and "sensible precautions" to suppress Covid-19 to help...

Vaccination centre at Edinburgh Park will close after this weekend

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The vaccination centre at the former RBS building in Edinburgh Park will close after the final patients are treated this weekend. Until Sunday afternoon anyone can visit the site either with or without...
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Coronavirus – NHS Lothian under pressure

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In common with several other health boards in Scotland, NHS Lothian has said that the increased number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalisation is putting pressure on their services.There is a high number of...

Coronavirus – vaccination bus is on the road

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In a collaboration between NHS Lothian and Scottish Ambulance Service, a vaccination bus will visit several areas this week.Today and tomorrow the bus is scheduled to visit Fort Kinnaird, operating from 11am until...

Murray demands independent Covid inquiry

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Shadow Scottish Secretary, Ian Murray MP, has challenged the UK Government to support a judge-led inquiry into the handling of Covid-19 in Scotland.At Scottish Questions in the House of Commons, Murray said grieving families...

Vaccination drop in centres set up for the over 40s

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Vaccine drop-in centres for the over 40s are being set up launched across the NHS Lothian area.Clinics will be rolled out at mass vaccination sites, from Wednesday 9 June 2021 for people aged 40...

Coronavirus – government decision on levels being put in place from Friday

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The First Minister outlined the next steps to The Scottish Parliament this afternoon and confirmed that Edinburgh will remain in Level 2 for now.Glasgow will move to Level 2 from 00:01 on Saturday 5...

Coronavirus – First Minister changes levels in some areas of Scotland

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, made a speech to The Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, to update members and the general public about the proposed moves to different levels of Covid-19 restrictions.Today Ms Sturgeon...

Coronavirus – Vaccination programme reaches three million

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Scotland's vaccination programme has now delivered first doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to more than three million people  –  two thirds of the adult population.This landmark was reached on Friday 14 May 2021. The...

Coronavirus – route out of lockdown

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The First Minister held a media briefing today, the first since the election, when she announced some measures which will accelerate the route out of lockdown.Scots will now be able to meet in...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland announce number of deaths for the last week

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As at 25 April, 10,078 deaths have been registered in Scotland where the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) was mentioned on the death certificate, according to statistics published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Wednesday....

Coronavirus – new Check in Scotland app available now

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New app to enable faster contact tracing of Covid-19 cases. A new digital service to support businesses in collecting contact details for contact tracing purposes, Check in Scotland, is now available at venues which are...

Coronavirus – route out of lockdown – further relaxations

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Today the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced that our route out of lockdown will go just a little bit more quickly.The First Minister confirmed that all parts of the country will move to...

Coronavirus – India added to the red list

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Anyone travelling to Scotland from India will be subject to additional restrictions on arrival.Ministers have taken the decision to put India on the acute risk list of travel countries after the Joint Biosecurity Centre...

An uneasy Springtime

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As I poke my head out from the long hibernation of winter I just don’t know what to expect. None of us do. Will the vaccine win the race against the virus?When will life...

Coronavirus – children will go back to school this month

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The First Minister announced that children, except those who are shielding, will all go back to school after the Easter holidays.Those who are on the shielding list will stay at home until 26 April...

Coronavirus – National Records of Scotland update on death figures

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As at 28 March 2021, 9,958 deaths have been registered in Scotland where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate, according to the latest numbers published by National Records of Scotland (NRS) on Wednesday. In...

Coronavirus – some services will open from Monday

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced that plans to open up services from Friday and next Monday can go ahead due to decreasing number of cases in Scotland.People across Scotland can make non-essential journeys...

Coronavirus – business takes second place to sport

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EDINBURGH BUSINESS SUFFERS FROM COVID RULES INCONSISTENCYRich Dyson who runs Edinburgh Photography Workshop has contacted The Scottish Government to complain that his business is unfairly impacted by the Covid-19 rules put in place at...

Coronavirus – new Covid testing centre in Oxgangs Library opens today

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The UK Government has opened a new walk-through coronavirus testing centre at Oxgangs Library.  The test centre is part of the largest network of diagnostic testing facilities created in British history. In Scotland, this comprises 8...

Coronavirus – commemorating the pandemic

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The First Minister will lead a minute's silence at 12 noon today to mark the first anniversary of the beginning of the lockdown as a response to the pandemic.The government has set up a...

Coronavirus – further restrictions on passengers arriving in Scotland

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Ministers have agreed, on the basis of advice from the Joint Biosecurity Centre, to place additional restrictions on travellers arriving in Scotland from the Ethiopia, Oman, Qatar and Somalia.All passengers travelling to Scotland will...

Coronavirus – two million Scots have had their first vaccination

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In the biggest vaccination programme in Scotland, two million doses of vaccine have now been administered to 44% of the eligible population.Ian Love (60) from Dunipace was among those who received the vaccination today,...

Coronavirus – First Minister’s statement in full

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The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs in The Scottish Parliament this afternoon with a major announcement on likely dates in the weeks and months ahead which will be key on the path out...

Coronavirus – the next steps out of lockdown

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The First Minister set out the path out of lockdown today at Holyrood in an address to MSPs following a Cabinet meeting this morning.The relaxations are naturally all dependent on rolling out vaccines and...

Coronavirus – concern over vaccine letters in East Lothian

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A campaign to ensure people do not miss their Covid vaccine has emerged on social media amid claims some appointment letters are not being delivered on time.Social media posts sharing a freephone number to...

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