Changes to our COVID-19 reporting
First published on 25 May 2023
- Conditions and diseases
- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
As part of our continuous review of reporting, Public Health Scotland’s (PHS) weekly report on respiratory infections in Scotland, including COVID-19, has now moved to a monthly publication schedule.
This aligns to the pre-pandemic approach for other respiratory pathogens, which typically follow a seasonal pattern with most cases occurring between October and May. A return to weekly publications will resume in October 2023.
Between monthly publications, the surveillance of new pathogenic variants of COVID-19 will continue. Data on other respiratory infectious diseases also will be kept under review to ensure timely public health information is available when required.
Statistical reports on COVID-19 have been published weekly since the start of the pandemic and have provided insights into infection levels and other associated measures of impact from the pandemic.
Over time, the COVID-19 statistical report has evolved to reflect changes in testing policies, merging with the national respiratory report in January 2023 to provide a comprehensive picture of infectious respiratory disease in Scotland.
The latest change means the next ‘National Respiratory Infections and COVID-19 Statistical Report’ will be published on Thursday 22 June 2023.
Alongside the monthly report, we will continue to provide presentations of COVID-19 data through our interactive dashboard on a weekly basis, which will be updated each Thursday at 9.30am.
Despite vaccination reducing the risk of people getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19, it’s important to know that vaccine protection can fade over time. COVID-19 booster vaccinations are currently being offered to those who are eligible to help protect them from severe infection.
More information about this year's COVID-19 vaccination programme is available on the NHS Inform website.
View the latest ‘National Respiratory Infections and COVID-19 Statistical Report’
View the COVID-19 and Respiratory Dashboard