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More than 30,000 vaccinations have now been given across the Western Isles…and the race is on to get more second jags done - and get the 18-and-overs into the vaccination clinics to help the Islands maintain their increasingly long run of zero cases of Covid-19, as well as bolstering community defences against any incoming cases.  

There was a chorus of approval on Facebook for the latest update from NHSWI Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson as he confirmed last night (Monday May 3) there had once again been no new cases of COVID19.

He also said: "We did have some issues with our vaccination phone-line today and would apologise to anyone who tried to get through but was unable to."

The phone-lines open again at 9.30am today (Tuesday May 4). 

"We have now administered over 30,000 doses of vaccine (1st & 2nd doses) and we would urge everyone eligible (anyone aged 18 or over) who hasn’t yet had a first dose to make that appointment."

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Scottish summary : 3 May 2021

  • 132 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 10,195 new tests for COVID-19 reported results
  • 1.5% of these were positive
  • 0 new reported deaths of people who have tested positive (noting that Register Offices are now generally closed at weekends and public holidays)
  • 2,824,955 people have received the first dose of a Covid vaccination
  • 1,326,599 have received their second dose of a Covid vaccination

The number of positive cases is starting to rise sharply again as lockdown restrictions have been eased.