Comment on First Minister’s 24/08/21 Covid Update


Categories: Constituency, Coronavirus (COVID-19), SNP Scottish Government

Stirling MP Alyn Smith and MSP Evelyn Tweed have offered their comments on the First Minister’s recent televised briefing regarding Scotland’s fight against Covid-19.

Speaking alongside Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reiterated the importance of vaccination in protecting the population. In the past few weeks, 16-17 year olds have been eligible for vaccination and are strongly encouraged to take up their slot, or attend drop-in clinics.

Further information on Covid-19 vaccinations can be found here:

As well as vaccination, basic health measures such as regular handwashing, maintaining physical distance from other households when possible, and maintaining the use of face coverings can all help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

The Scottish Government and public health authorities continue to closely monitor rates of infection, hospitalisation and deaths, and urge the public to undertake sensible precautions to minimise health risks.

Alyn Smith MP said:

‘Evidence indicates vaccinations have helped to weaken the link between infections, hospitalisations and deaths. It’s vitally important we get as many jags in folks as possible, in order to boost our collective protection against Covid-19. Anyone who still needs to be vaccinated can attend walk-in centres to do so. By taking sensible precautions, we can help reduce the spread, and pressure on our health services.’

Evelyn Tweed MSP said: 

‘Businesses and communities across Stirling have worked extremely hard to reopen and resume a degree of normality. The rising case numbers we see across Scotland remain under close review, and I’ll be liaising with officials at NHS Forth Valley and Stirling Council to ensure the local situation here in Stirling is managed appropriately and proportionately. I urge people across Stirling to stick to the public health guidance, get vaccinated and keep themselves and their loved ones safe.’’