Latest information and advice

Latest update

With a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Scottish Borders, replicating the national picture as the omicron variant takes a grip, we are taking steps to prepare for a challenging start to 2022.

Current modelling predicts a significant increase in cases which will mean all organisations, including ourselves, are likely to experience increased staff absences through January and February.

For more information, and to find out what this could mean, see our news story.

Current COVID-19 guidance

For the current COVID-19 guidance please visit the Scottish Government website.

COVID-19 vaccinations

Information on vaccination clinics is available on the NHS Borders website.

Testing - if you have symptoms

Even if we’re vaccinated, we can still get coronavirus and pass it on to others.

It’s vital that even if we only have mild symptoms or are asked to by the NHS, we self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test online or by calling 119.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new: continuous cough, fever/high temperature (37.8°C or greater) and/or a loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia).

Testing - if you don't have symptoms (asymptomatic)

Around a third of people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, so asymptomatic COVID-19 testing is an important tool to identify cases which may otherwise go undetected. This enables us to break chains of transmission and limit the spread of this virus.

Universal Lateral Flow Device (LFD) COVID-19 testing is available for everyone in Scotland. Home test kits are available to anyone who does not have COVID-19 symptoms.

For full details on the Borders community testing programme and how you can get test kits, visit the NHS Borders website.

More information

For more information, including on financial and business support, schools and service updates, please visit our dedicated COVID-19 pages.