The infection rate and hospital admissions have reduced, the death rate has increased in Kirklees
Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate for all residents is down by 14 per cent. The rate of new infections in Kirklees is still below the national average but remains high. Over the same period, there were 7 Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals, which is higher than the previous week. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 reduced by ten to 17.
New restrictions and booster jabs
This week the Government has made a number of announcements in relation to new restrictions and acceleration of the vaccine booster programme, to help protect against the Omicron variant.
The Government has announced that every adult will be offered a booster by the end of January. The amount of time you must wait between your second and third jab will be cut from six to three months and children between 12 and 15 can now have their second dose. We expect to hear more about the booster campaign over the next few days and will update you as soon as we can.
Eligible for your booster jab?
Over 40s and other eligible people can get their booster jab now if it is at least six months (182 days) after they had their second dose. Visit Kirklees Council’s website for more information.
Not had your first Covid-19 vaccination?
It’s also never too late to get your first Covid-19 vaccination if you haven’t already had it. Just visit our website for all information on getting the Covid-19 vaccine. Here you will find information on booking an appointment, walk-in clinics, transport support and more.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:
“We always knew that the winter months would carry a greater risk where Covid-19 is concerned. Following the announcement that a new variant has been detected, with some cases confirmed in England, we all need to take extra care this festive period.
“There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Omicron variant, but what we do know is that getting the Covid-19 vaccine and booster dose is the best way of protecting yourself and others against serious illness.
“In addition to the new national restrictions and guidance, in Kirklees we are asking people to take three simple steps this festive period so we can all Enjoy Winter Safely. Our main message to everyone is to get the booster jab when it’s your turn. This really is the best way of protecting yourself and others against serious illness.
“Meeting outdoors is a great way to reduce transmission. If you’re meeting other people indoors, keeping windows and doors open as much as possible is another effective way to reduce the chance of the virus passing between people.
“Testing also remains a really important way we can reduce the spread. Testing after close contact with others who may have been in a high-risk environment, or before spending time with a more vulnerable person, even if you don’t have symptoms, can make sure you don’t pass on the virus without knowing. And if you have any Covid-19 symptoms, please don’t hesitate to book a test.
“Thanks to your fantastic response, we already have positive levels of vaccine uptake in Kirklees with 305,000 local people having had their first dose, 277,000 of those have received their second and 124,000 people have now received their booster dose – thank you all for playing your part.
“With the new variant detected and Covid-19 infection rates currently high, we ask that everyone takes a bit of extra caution this winter. Just follow the Government’s new measures and our local three key simple steps and you will reduce your chances of becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 or passing it on to someone else.”
You can book your first, second or booster vaccination by visiting the NHS national booking system.
Alternatively, there are a number of walk-in vaccination clinics available across Kirklees and you can use the new NHS site finder to find your nearest walk-in clinic.
If you do have symptoms get a PCR test and isolate immediately. The easiest way to get a PCR test at your nearest available testing centre is to book online.