The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a huge amount of people getting in touch with me to ask questions about this. I will endeavour to continue to answer these as quickly as I can, however, below is some general advice that may answer your query. Please check these links regularly as information changes and updates quickly.
The latest health advice is available from NHS Inform here. If you develop any coronavirus symptoms (temperature, cough or loss of taste or smell), however mild, you should stay at home and arrange to be tested here. Guidance on who must self isolate and when is available here.
You can get proof of your vaccination here (see below for more information).
General advice on Covid in Scotland is available on the Scottish Government's website here. It's important to remember that coronavirus hasn't gone away and we all need to follow the rules in place and continue to be careful. To stay safe you should:
get the vaccine when you are offered it
wear a face covering where required
wash your hands regularly, and cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing
take regular tests if you don’t have symptoms to reduce the risk of asymptomatic spread of the virus
meet outside if you can, and open windows when indoors
keep your distance from people not in your group
work from home, or do a mixture of home and office working if possible
Daily updates on Covid rates, vaccination uptake and other data are available here.
Face coverings are still mandatory in a number of settings to minimise the risk of you carrying the virus to others. You can read more about this here, however if you are unable to wear a face covering, you can (although you don't have to) request an exemption card here if you'd like something that shows this.
Guidance on international travel is available here.
Vaccinations and Vaccine Passports
You can get proof of your vaccination here. If you cannot have the vaccine for medical reasons you are exempt from the vaccine passport scheme - you can find out more about how to evidence this or apply for an exemption here.
You can read more about the vaccines and the vaccination programme here. Whilst vaccines do not stop you catching or transmitting Covid they do lessen the risk of you becoming seriously unwell. This in turn reduces the amount of people needing medical treatment such as admission to hospital and lessens the chances of our NHS becoming overwhelmed.
From 1st October proof of vaccination will be required for a limited number venues and events, specifically nightclubs, sexual entertainment venues, indoor and unseated live events with 500+ in the audience, outdoor and unseated live events with 4,000+ in the audience and any events with 10,000+ in the audience. Under 18s, participants in vaccine trials, people unable to be vaccinated for medical reasons and employees at venues within scope of the scheme will be exempt from this. You can read more about it here.
If you've not been contacted for your vaccine you can self-refer yourself for one here. Health boards are also running a number of drop-in clinics where you can be vaccinated without an appointment, please see here for more details.