Cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly across Scotland and Tayside in recent days – resulting in a renewed plea to citizens to go and get vaccinated when they are offered.
The number of new cases has increased rapidly across Tayside and in particular in Dundee with the city continuing to have one of the highest rates of infection per 100,000 people in Scotland.
Director of Public Health Dr Emma Fletcher said, “Cases across Tayside are staying stubbornly high so we all need to take stock and look again at what we are doing and take every measure and every step we can to get on top of this latest spike in infection which is spreading across our communities.
“We are seeing that the current rates for Tayside and Dundee are running just as high as the peak we experienced earlier this year where we had nearly 200 people in hospital with COVID-19.
“The big difference between now and January is that today there are 21 patients in our COVID-19 wards and critical care units and that is down to the impact of the vaccination programme.
“Twenty-one patients is still a high number and one which we want to see reduce but the success of the vaccination clinics, which have now delivered more than 490,000 doses to people in Tayside, is making a difference and that is what is keeping people with COVID from needing our hospital care.
“The reality we are dealing with at the moment is that the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 has more than doubled in the last 10 days and, given that there is an approximate 10 day interval between positive tests and hospital admissions, we expect to see that increase further over the coming days. That is why it is crucial that we keep pushing to get back on top of the virus as we have successfully done before.
“I know people are tired of restrictions and just want to get back to a more normal life, but we all must continue to follow the guidance at this very precarious point in time, even people who have already been fully vaccinated. That means be extra careful if you’re going out to meet up with friends and family or if you are having people round to your house or garden and follow the guidance to the letter.
“If you develop symptoms, please isolate immediately alongside your household and get tested and please take up the offer of the vaccination. These are the ways in which we will get on top of this spike in cases.
“We’ve arranged drop-in and surge clinics for all adults across Tayside for people who have not yet received an appointment for their first dose or are at 8 weeks for second dose and we strongly encourage everyone to take up this opportunity.
“Hundreds of young adults have already attended the first surge drop-in clincs today and we are really grateful to everyone who has taken the time to come and get their jab. They will continue to run over the coming days so please come along if you can.”
Drop-in clinics are running across Tayside for people over 18 who have not had their first dose appointment, or who are at 8 weeks or more since their first dose and are now due their second. Details are available at www.covidtayside.scot.nhs.uk or www.taysidecares.co.uk
Scheduled clinics for people with appointments will also continue to run so if you have an appointment please attend.
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