Latest news on COVID-19 in Kirklees
Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate for all residents has increased by 39 per cent. The rate of new infections in Kirklees is below the national average but remains high. Over the same period there were three Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 has increased by nine to 20.
Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Strategic Director for Public Health at Kirklees Council, said:
“The Omicron variant is spreading across the country and getting the Covid-19 vaccine and booster is the best way of protecting yourself and others against serious illness this festive period.
“We have had an amazing response with the vaccine programme here in Kirklees. And, just last week we saw record breaking numbers of residents stepping forward to take the vaccine – thank you everyone for playing your part. Unfortunately, Covid-19 isn’t going away just yet. And, the Omicron variant has shown us that now is not the time to become complacent. So, we need everyone who is eligible to come forward and get the booster.
“If you haven’t had your first or second dose yet, it’s definitely not too late to protect yourself.”
Rachel’s advice for keeping safe over the festive period
“There are lots of other small steps we can all take during the festive period to help keep each other safe. Meeting outdoors is a good way to reduce transmission. If you’re meeting indoors, keeping windows and doors open as much as possible will reduce the risk of the virus passing between people.
“Also, regular testing before meeting up with family and friends, particularly vulnerable people, is a really important way to help reduce the spread and can stop you passing on the virus without knowing. You should conducted a test as close to a meeting or event as possible. Testing after attending a gathering or event is also important, with positive cases isolating and contacts being traced. If there is one positive test within a group (such as a household) there is a significant chance that others are already infected, even if not yet testing positive. If one person from a group tests positive prior to an event or gathering, then I’d recommend that none should attend.
“Thankfully we are able to enjoy a much more normal Christmas this year and this is largely down to our fantastic take up of the vaccine. I’d like to wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas.”
More about Covid-19 vaccinations
Visit a vaccine walk-in clinic, you can see all the walk-in clinics taking place across Kirklees on the NHS site finder.
You can book your first, second or booster vaccination by visiting the NHS national booking system.
More about testing
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.