Dundee City Council is working closely with partners across the city to deal with the ongoing impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19).
Officers are monitoring the local situation daily and following the advice given by government and NHS public health experts. The council continues to consider appropriate actions based on the national guidance.
As of today (Friday June 11):
• around three-quarters of adults in Tayside have now had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine;
• the number of cases in Dundee communities is now the highest in Scotland, and additional testing is being delivered to help reduce the spread of the virus; and
• an AstraZeneca only drop-in clinic is being held at the Caird Hall today (FRIDAY).
According to NHS Tayside almost three quarters of adults in Tayside have now had at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. In total, NHS Tayside’s vaccination teams have delivered more than 450,000 vaccines to adults across the area, with more than 257,000 receiving at least one jab. This means that 73% of those eligible have had their first vaccination and 55% or 193,000 people have had both doses.
Council leader, John Alexander has joined NHS Tayside in urging people to get tested. He said: “The rise in cases in Dundee is alarming. It has doubled in the space of seven days and shows no sign of letting up. So we need to act. The situation is very fragile and complacency is not an option.
“While it’s encouraging that we are not seeing the same numbers of hospital admissions and deaths that sadly occurred over the past year, let’s not forget there are still people in Ninewells Hospital today because of Coronavirus.
“And that’s just one of the many impacts this spike in cases is having on us all. We of course remain in Level 2 restrictions while much of the country is in Level 1, with all that means for businesses and our own personal freedoms.
“This week there are around 1000 pupils missing school in Dundee because they are having to self-isolate, further affecting a year of disrupted education.
“And we are continuing to support people who find themselves in serious financial hardship because they cannot work due to infection or self-isolation.
“If you aren’t getting tested regularly then please start doing so, regardless of your age, circumstances or vaccine status. It’s critical to turning this situation around and, with the variety of testing options available, is easier than ever to access.”
Testing breaks the chain of infection, as people who turn out to be positive isolate and is available every day from 8am to 8pm at three permanent locations in Dundee - Dudhope Castle, drive through; Kirkton Community Centre, walk through and Park Place, walk through. Anyone with or without symptoms should book a test via nhsinform.scot or by calling 0800 028 2816.
A drop-in vaccine clinic is being held in the Caird Hall today (FRIDAY). The AstraZeneca-only clinic, which runs until 6.30pm, is for over-40s who have not had their first jab, or individuals of any age who had an AstraZeneca vaccination more than 10 weeks ago.
A full list of council services affected by Coronavirus can be found on the Dundee City Council website.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.