It’s a welcome return to our Community Bulletin after the festive period, so let us take this opportunity to wish you a happy new year.
We’re all hoping for a brighter and better new year, with the great news that two vaccines have been approved – the Pfizer-BioNTech on 2 December and the Oxford-AstraZeneca on 30 December by the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) – with care home staff and residents in our region beginning to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech jab before Christmas, and the rollout to over-80s starting on Monday.
These vaccines come at a crucial time as we enter a new national Lockdown, with a new legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes, and see a dramatic increase in Covid positive cases associated with the new variant of the virus – 801 new, positive cases in our region for the week ending 3 January.
What the current situation means is that everyone has to go even further in not just following the national directions around face coverings and hand hygiene, but also in really limiting interactions – as this is how Covid spreads, and we know the new variant doesn’t allow any margin of error.
Stay home. Stay safe.
Members of the public urged not to fall victim to Coronavirus scams
People in Scotland are asked to be alert to the potential for scam messages purporting to offer coronavirus vaccines, or asking for payment for vaccinations. Chief Inspector Anton Stephenson, of Police Scotland’s Safer Communities Division, said: “We are aware of a scam circulating involving a text message suggesting people are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. If you are concerned you have provided personal or financial information via a link in a message of this sort, contact Police Scotland via 101.
“We will pursue anyone who sets out to cause harm and misery to our communities, and our officers work closely with partners to make Scotland a hostile environment for scammers.
“Our Take Five campaign, which launched recently, raises awareness of fraud, and highlights ways people can protect themselves and remain vigilant to this kind of crime.
“Always be aware that an unsolicited telephone call, email or text message may not be from the person or organisation which it appears to be from. Never click on a link in a message you’re not expecting, and remember the NHS will never ask you for money relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Take Five to Prevent Fraud campaign features a range of tips for members of the public about how to protect themselves from fraudsters, and avoid falling victim to scam attempts. Information is available on the Police Scotland website – www.scotland.police.uk/