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Covid hospital admissions' increase prompts hopes transmission rate slows down


By Hector MacKenzie

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A GROWTH in hospital admissions due to Covid has prompted hopes that the transmission rate slows down.

Highland GP Dr Ross Jaffrey said in his latest Safe Hands, Saves Lives group post that while the situation is concerning, vaccine protection "is holding for most".

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He posted: "Hospital admissions are up 75 per cent on last week. The greater the case number, the greater the hospital admission impact.

"We are desperately hoping transmission slows down. It’s not all bad news – the proportion of people needing hospital-level care is proportionally very low. Vaccine protection is holding for most, and the likelihood of becoming unwell a second time from Covid-19, if you have tested positive before, is also very rare.

"We still don’t know the position on boosters, and who might be eligible at this point. Keep eyes open for flu campaigns starting in the not too distant future. For Highland it’s likely to be your GP practice offering a local solution for most patients.

"Please do not contact practices just yet as nobody has flu vaccine in stock for any age group at the moment."

NHS Highland logged another 174 new cases yesterday with some 3893 recorded in Scotland as a whole.


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