Covid cases rise as booster jags continue

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Appointments for the majority of Covid vaccination clinics will now be arranged by telephone.

The call will come either from 0800 678 3393 or from a mobile number, says an update from Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.

Anyone needing to reschedule an appointment should call 01463 705531 between 9.30am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, or between 10am and 2pm on Saturdays – an email can also be sent to the Argyll and Bute Vaccination Enquiry Hub via nhsh.abcovidvaccs@nhs.scot

A national vaccination portal went live this week for people to book Covid or flu jags online, but similar to others living in remote and rural health boards, people in the NHS Highland area are unable to use it at  this time.

GP practices will be in touch with patients for flu jags and contact for Covid boosters/third doses will come from the HSCP.

GPs on Colonsay, Islay, Jura and Tiree will be in touch with patients about both jags.

Latest Public Health Scotland figures for people tested between November 6 and November 12 showed 357 positive cases that includes 61 in Oban South, 32 in the Benderloch Trail area, 15 in Oban North, 10 in Loch Awe and 14 in Mull, Iona, Coll and Tiree.

Up to November 14, almost half of Argyll and Bute’s 50 and overs had received their booster/third dose – totalling 20,955 of them. The number of those who have had their boosters in the 12 plus age group by that same date was 23,348 and in the 18-plus age group it was 23,325.

Schools across the area are experiencing multiple covid cases. There have been 47 positive cases reported at Rockfield Primary School since November 1. A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute council said: ‘We have been following the advice from Public Health Scotland and, as a result, both P4 English classes and the P5 class have been asked to isolate and obtain a PCR test.  It has been a challenging time but the school is being supported by the central education team and is continuing to consult with Public Health Scotland.’

To keep an eye on latest available figures you can visit public.tableau.com/app/profile/phs.covid.19/viz/COVID-19DailyDashboard