Aberdeen City Council aims to revise its COVID-19 web pages as quickly as possible in response to government reviews and updates.
The Coronavirus vaccine certification scheme came into effect on 1 October in Scotland meaning people must show proof of their vaccination status to enter some events and higher risk venues.
Everyone over the age of 18 must now show - if asked - that they have had both doses of the vaccine before they are allowed entry to certain venues and events. These include:
- Nightclubs and other late night venues
- Adult entertainment venues
- Unseated indoor events with more than 500 people, even if some are seated
- Unseated outdoor events with more than 4,000 people
- Any event with more than 10,000 people in attendance
The “NHS Scotland Covid Status” App is available for download on Apple and Android devices. Alternatively you can get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform.
When you open the app you will be asked for some personal information and also to provide photographic ID such as a Driving Licence or Passport. Once the app has checked your ID it will show the dates and details of your vaccinations. If you swipe left it will reveal a QR code which is what you will be asked to show when you visit the above venues.
Due to increasing number of cases currently NHS Grampian health protection team are now asking people who live or work in this area to immediately book a PCR test if they are experiencing a wider range of symptoms than the three classic covid symptoms (see Coronavirus Tests below)
In Aberdeen, and throughout Scotland, most of the remaining legal restrictions have ended. However, some requirements will continue, including:
- 2m distancing should still be observed in healthcare settings
- Face coverings are still required on public transport and inside public places including shops, pubs and restaurants. In hospitality settings face coverings can be removed while dancing and when drinking or dining (whether seated or standing).
- Indoor hospitality venues must continue to collect customer contact details.
- Travel restrictions such as the red, green and amber system for international travel, will continue. This will be updated as and when necessary, to restrict the spread of outbreaks and protect against the risk of importation of new variants.
- People will continue to be advised to continue to work from home where possible.
- Organisers of large events must continue to use the gateway system and apply for permission from their local authority if they wish to have outdoors events of more than 5000 and indoor events of more than 2000.
- Restrictions will remain in schools during the first six weeks of the new term, including 1m physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings.
For more information on these changes see the latest information from the Scottish Government.
If you want advice and information on the current restrictions or the timeline for the re-opening of the economy, please contact us using our online form.
Anyone with the classic symptoms of COVID-19 – a new continuous cough, temperature, loss or change in sense of taste or smell should go online (see below) to book a PCR test or call 01224 558 494 if you cannot get online. Individuals who are booking a test because they have any of these three symptoms should isolate along with members of their household until the test result is returned.
Due to increasing number of cases currently Grampian health protection team are also asking people who live or work in these areas, with extended symptoms to immediately book a PCR test (see below) or call 01224 558 494 if you cannot get online. When booking a test due to these symptoms online, individuals should select the "My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test" option. While the individual experiencing any of these extended symptoms should self-isolate until the test result is returned there is no need for the rest of the individual's household to self-isolate.
Extended symptoms include:
- General weakness
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle pain
- Runny nose
- Dry or productive cough
Aberdeen City Council in conjunction with NHS Grampian is looking to promote the use of lateral flow testing (LFT) for everyone. This is in addition to the requirement for anyone with Covid symptoms who are still required to isolate and get a PCR test.
It is estimated that 1 in 3 people with coronavirus do not display symptoms and therefore some individuals will be spreading the virus without realising it. Regular LFT testing can help avoid this. Everyone, who is symptom free and who has not had a positive PCR test result in the previous 90 days, is being asked to undertake two LFT tests weekly and upload the results via the web portal. A not detected result does not overturn any requirement to isolate if an individual has been identified as a close contact. Advice from Test & Protect must continue to be followed.
Anyone who is symptomatic, or who gets a positive LFT test result is asked to isolate and get a formal PCR test – Symptomatic Testing
There are a number of ways to get a rapid lateral flow test;
- Order online for home delivery - order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow tests,
- Collect a rapid LFD test kit from a COVID-19 test site - nearest COVID-19 test site between 8am to 8pm. No appointment necessary,
- Collect a rapid LFD test kit from your nearest pharmacy - nearest participating pharmacy,
- Carry out a rapid LFD test at a test site – for details visit the Community Testing with no COVID-19 symptoms on the Grampian NHS website.
Everyone must continue to follow all other measures even if they test negative; they could still be developing the infection or be exposed after being tested.
View information from the Scottish Government regarding Coronavirus testing.
The Protect Scotland app
The Scottish Government is urging all smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s PROTECT SCOTLAND contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive. It can be downloaded for free onto a smart phone from Apple's App Store or Google Play.
“Check in Scotland”
Check In Scotland is a way to provide your contact details when you visit a wide range of businesses and venues in Scotland. It's designed to work with NHS Scotland's Test and Protect. Check In Scotland will allow you to log your contact details with any business or venue displaying the Check In Scotland Test and Protect QR code poster.
Anyone over the age of 12 can use the Check In Scotland service. The service is designed to take as few details from you as needed. These details will be kept securely for 21 days before being deleted, unless someone who's part of the NHS Test and Protect response team needs to keep them for longer for public health reasons.
You can choose between using the Check In Scotland online form to check in and out of venues or the Check In Scotland app. You can download the Check In Scotland app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
Coronavirus vaccinations are now under way in Aberdeen and across Scotland.