As infection rates continue to rise getting the vaccination and booster is the safest way to protect yourself and your loved ones

Kirklees COVID-19 Data Update

As Omicron infections rates continue to rise in Kirklees, the council’s Director of Public Health would like to continue to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted as soon as possible.

What does the data tell us? 

During the past week, over 2,000 Kirklees residents have tested positive for Covid-19 with the Omicron variant. This is accounting for nearly all cases.

The number of positive cases in Kirklees has risen by 32% this week. At the same time, admissions to local hospitals have risen to 85, an increase of 6 over the previous week.

Despite unprecedented numbers of infections, deaths relating to Covid-19 remain relatively low with 7 people sadly losing their lives in the past seven days.

Director of Public Health for Kirklees Council, Rachel Spencer-Henshall, said:

“Omicron is continuing to spread through our community. However, our data continues reflect how effective the vaccines and boosters are at saving lives.

Without high levels of vaccination, we would be looking at very different numbers of hospitalisations and deaths in Kirklees.

“It’s not too late to book your booster if you haven’t had one yet. And it’s not too late to book your first or second vaccine either. Just log on to the NHS website or call 119 to make your appointment. Or have a look at the council’s website to find details of local walk-in clinics where you won’t need to book.

“Unfortunately, our health services continue to be under immense pressure. Not only are they facing the kind of challenges you would expect in winter, but they are also caring for people with Omicron, at the same time as dealing with staff shortages caused by the variant.

“The best thing you can do to support our health service is to get vaccinated and boosted. Vaccines are highly effective at protecting us from serious illness and needing hospital treatment. At a time when so many NHS staff are isolating due to Covid-19, you can play your part in protecting the NHS by booking your jab today.

“Getting tested regularly, wearing a mask in crowded indoor spaces and ventilating when mixing indoors are as important as ever in slowing the spread of this variant.”

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.

Testing:

Read about how you can get a rapid lateral flow test if you don’t have symptoms.

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.

From Monday 17 January, if you have COVID-19 you can stop self-isolating on day six if you provide a negative lateral flow test result on days five and six.

Find out more about PCR testing, how to book and what support is available for those who need to isolate.