Colin Beattie’s monthly column

Monday January 17th 2022

Colin Beattie MSP
Colin Beattie MSP, Midlothian North & Musselburgh, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

Parliamentary business has resumed after the winter recess. Although the Covid-19 situation remains a cause of great concern, we know that vaccination still puts us in the best place to fight the virus and protect us. The Scottish Government has increased capacity for vaccinations and I would encourage everyone to get their first, second and third dose – this includes 12-15 year olds who can now receive their second dose 12 weeks after their first. I would like to thank everyone for their efforts to get Boosted by the Bells in December and I hope we can keep this momentum going.

Please remember that if you do require to self-isolate, you may be eligible for the Self-Isolation Support Grant from your local authority. All the details can be found here:

I would also like to highlight that All young people and children aged 5-21 years can now apply for free bus travel and the scheme will go live at the end of the month on the 31st. This is an amazing opportunity being afforded by our young people by the Scottish Government I would like to encourage all young people to take advantage of this scheme and encourage any parents/carers to ask their children to sign up.– you can find more information on the Transport Scotland website here:

I recently commented on the rejection of the application for a pharmacy in Rosewell and the impact this will have on my constituents.  I am also aware of increasing reports concerning the main pharmacies in Bonnyrigg and the difficulties some of my constituents are facing. If you are affected by this, please email me at

I had hoped to restart my face-to-face surgeries within the constituency, however, omicron has again put a pause to these plans. However, I can still be contacted for telephone surgeries at 0131 454 0204 or by emailing me.

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