Abedeenshire's secondary school pupils urged to get the Protect Scotland app
With secondary school pupils in Aberdeenshire returning to the classroom, those aged 12-15 who have smartphones are being encouraged to download the Protect Scotland app.
The app, extended to include the younger age group in December 2020, will help pupils in protect themselves and those in their household from Covid-19, as the part-time return to school gets underway.
NHS Grampian is reminding people of the importance of not only downloading the app, but also ensuring that the code provided is entered if a person tests positive, to anonymously alert those who have been in close contact.
App users who are then alerted are able to isolate quicker, and get tested, to stop the spread.
Susan Webb, NHS Grampian Director of Public Health, said: “I would encourage those aged 12-15 to consider downloading the app, and parents to encourage their children to get the app, if they have a compatible smartphone. The app helps support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system, adding an additional means of notifying people who have been exposed to the virus so they can isolate far quicker.
“Whilst the app runs in the background, we’re asking those who test positive and are provided with a code to make sure it is entered. Only by doing this can close contacts be quickly notified, self-isolate and get tested, which will help stop the spread of Covid-19.”
To date, 1.8 million people have downloaded the app, and it has, so far notified 40,000 people to self-isolate. Download the free app at protect.scot.