Covid in Scotland: Three New Cases of Omicron Found

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Despite a Drop in Coronavirus Hospitalizations in Los Angeles County, Omicron Spike Remains a Concern.

In Scotland, Three New Instances of Covid’s Omicron Variant Have Been Discovered.

The most recent incidents, in Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow, bring the total number of cases to nine.

It comes after the Joint Committee on Vaccine and Immunization (JCVI) recommended that the vaccination program be expanded.

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One million more Scots are now eligible for booster shots, according to Scotland’s health minister, Humza Yousaf.

Boosters will be available to all over-18s, and the time between second and third doses will be reduced from six to three months.

A second vaccination will now be offered to children aged 12 to 15.

Mr. Yousaf told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland that the government has already begun working on adopting the JCVI recommendations.

However, he admitted that the sheer number of individuals who are now eligible for booster shots made the situation difficult.

He also said that merely restarting mass vaccination stations would not be the best solution right now.

Core responsibilities

The health secretary told the show that the workforce was the most restrictive element, but that “we would absolutely try our best.”

He said, ” “You may build vaccination facilities, but you’ll need to hire people to staff them.

“The difference from the previous time is that the NHS had not been properly remobilized.

“We don’t want to draw individuals away from their main, essential, and substantial responsibilities in order to encourage them to get immunizations.”

Mr. Yousaf went on to say: “We were working with health boards to raise and ramp up the vaccination in advance of Christmas and the new year before this advise came out yesterday, and we were seeing fantastic results.

“We went from giving out slightly under 500,000 flu and booster shots per week to about 700,000 per week.

“That was before I got the advise from yesterday. We now believe that the eligibility requirements have been expanded by at least a million doses.”

The JCVI recommended that individuals aged 12 to 15 be invited for a second vaccination three months following the first.

It has also been suggested that those who are extremely immunocompromised get a fourth dosage of the vaccination.

 

Contacts that are close

The warning came after 14 Omicron instances were discovered throughout the United Kingdom.

Five in Lanarkshire and four in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board region have been identified.

Mr. Yousaf said that the Scottish Omicron instances had “nothing to do with” the COP26 conference or the Scotland vs. South Africa rugby match, both of which took place earlier this month.

Contact tracing is underway, and all close contacts of suspected Omicron patients, regardless of vaccination status, will be instructed to self-isolate for 10 days.

On Monday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that extra testing will be implemented in regions where the new variety has been detected.