The Scottish Government announced an expansion to the booster vaccination programme following the news of Omicron in Scotland.

Nines cases of the mutant variant of Covid have been identified in recent days, which is causing some concern among Scots scientists and health officials.

It is believed to be the reason behind a recent spike in case numbers in southern Africa, with infections of the variant also being discovered in Europe.

Five cases have also been identified south of the border in England, according to the UK Government.

Investigations are also underway to see the impacts that Omicron has on vaccination. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has previously said that the variant has a ‘large number’ of mutations.

New restrictions on travel into Scotland were introduced yesterday, which means that anyone arriving in the country must take a PCR test within two days of their arrival.

Passengers must also self-isolate until they have received confirmation of a negative test.

Nicola Sturgeon has also urged Scotland to comply with remaining Covid restrictions ‘rigorously’ in an effort to slow the spread of the virus during the festive period.

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots to follow remaining Covid restrictions 'rigorously' after nine cases of the Omicron variant were discovered in Scotland

The First Minister also announced that more people are now eligible to receive a third dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Who is eligible for a booster dose?

All adults over the age of 18 are now eligible to receive a third/booster dose of the coronavirus vaccines.

It was previously only open to the most vulnerable people in the country to help bolster antibody protection over the cold winter months.

The gap between second and third doses has also been reduced from six months to three months, after the Joint Committee on Immunisation and Vaccination (JCVI) issued new guidance on the booster programme.

NHS Scotland will send out letters outlining appointments for Scots as vaccinators move down the age groups.

The Scottish Government is yet to issue a firm date on when they expect all adults to have received their booster doses.

It is hoped that all adults in England will have been offered appointments for their third jab by the end of January.

The latest Public Health Scotland figures have revealed that 38 per cent of Scots have received a booster dose so far - meaning that more than 1.6m people have been given their third jab.

Those who are immunosuppressed that have not yet had their third dose should get that now, regardless of when their second dose was administered.

Scots who are eligible for the jab can book their booster appointment on the NHS Inform website.

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