Pupils urged to download app as they return tio the classroom

As secondary school pupils in Forth Valley start to return to the classroom, those aged 12-15 who have smartphones are being encouraged to download the Protect Scotland app.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 3:26 pm
The Protect Scotland app

The app, extended to include the younger age group in December, will help pupils in protect themselves and those in their household from Covid-19, as the part-time return to school gets underway.

NHS Forth Valley has reminded 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.

To date, 1.8 million people in Scotland have downloaded the app, and it has, so far notified almost 40,000 people to self-isolate.

The aim is to increase the app’s reach further, particularly as people start to come together in school settings over the coming weeks, to offer an additional layer of protection and reduce the risk of people spreading the virus unknowingly.

Dr Graham Foster, NHS Forth Valley’s Director of Public Health, said: “I would encourage those aged 12–15 to consider downloading the free Protect Scotland 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.”

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, added: “Whilst lateral flow testing is in place for senior secondary pupils and will be extended to S1-S3 pupils after the Easter holidays, the app runs in the background and adds an additional protection meaning pupils will be notified far quicker if they come into contact with someone who has the virus.”

Download the free app at protect.scot.