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Sutherland MSP's call for unvaccinated constituents to 'roll up their sleeves'

By Niall Harkiss

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Minister for health, Maree Todd, is urging constituents who are not fully vaccinated to roll up their sleeves get the vaccine.
Minister for health, Maree Todd, is urging constituents who are not fully vaccinated to roll up their sleeves get the vaccine.

Sutherland MSP, Maree Todd, is urging unvaccinated constituents and those not yet fully vaccinated to roll up their sleeves and to protect themselves and their community against Covid-19.

The MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross said: “Although we’re moving towards more manageable rates of Covid-19, with a strain that is presenting milder symptoms, we must not underestimate the value of vaccination and its contribution to the positive data we’re now seeing.

“The data is clear – you are significantly more likely to require hospital treatment if you are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.”

Data from Public Health Scotland shows from December 10 to January 7 show age-standardised hospitalisation rates for Covid-19 are lower for people who have received a booster or third dose of a Covid-19 vaccine compared to individuals that are unvaccinated or have received one or two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The minister for public health, women's health and sport added: “It’s not too late to get vaccinated – whether you need a first, second or booster dose, please come forward and the fantastic NHS Highland vaccination team will ensure you receive your vaccinations.

“I was delighted to volunteer during the Christmas period at vaccination clinics in both Dingwall and Inverness.

“With the virus learning to run faster, the booster programme which began back in September, had to speed up too. It was great to see the heroic efforts of NHS Highland in action, and the steady flow of people coming through the doors to get vaccinated.

“I know many people – particularly during the Christmas period – will have been unable to attend vaccine clinics due to either catching the virus or self-isolation, I would urge anyone in this situation to rearrange their appointment or attend a drop-in clinic.

“We can’t afford to be complacent – vaccination remains our biggest shield against Covid-19. Please do your bit to keep yourself and your community safe.”

Details on vaccine clinics in NHS Highland area can be found here: www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/COVID19

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