Nicola Sturgeon to give covid update this afternoon - here's when and where to watch it

By Holly Lennon

Nicola Sturgeon is to give an update to the Scottish Parliament on the current state of the covid pandemic.

The First Minister will be speaking at 2.20pm this afternoon, with issues including covid vaccine boosters and certificates expected to be discussed.

Ms Sturgeon reiterated plans to go ahead with the introduction of vaccine certificates on Monday, saying that they "will be worth it" if helps to keeps businesses open and reduce the likelihood of restrictions being reimposed.

The UK Government, however, shelved plans for vaccine certification over the weekend after backlash from Tory MPs.

The topic of vaccine boosters is also likely to be discussed as fears over covid cases rising at the same time as a flu outbreak over winter.

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In England, it is expected all over-50s will be offered another jab, starting with the over-70s and the most vulnerable.

The Pfizer/BioNTech jab will be administered at least six months after the second dose amid concerns the protection it gives to older people fades over time.

Scotland recorded 4,241 new cases of covid in the 24 hours to Monday, representing 11.3% of those tested.

Yesterday's covid stats also confirmed that as of Sunday there were 1,048 people in hospital with recently confirmed covid, 90 of whom were in intensive care.

The update will be available to watch online here or follow our live blog below for updates.

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