Infection rates are dropping in Kirklees but remain higher than national average

Kirklees COVID-19 Data Update

Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rates has reduced for all residents by 44 per cent. The rate of new infections in Kirklees is above the national average. Over the same period there were four Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 has reduced by one to 97.

The council’s Director of Public Health would like to continue to highlight the importance of getting vaccinated and boosted.

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

“Even though we are seeing a decrease in infection rates covid-19 is still very much with us and still spreading through our communities. We do know that data reflects how effective the vaccines and boosters are at saving lives and without the vaccination, we would be looking at very different numbers of hospitalisations and deaths in Kirklees.

There will be a change in restrictions on Thursday 27 January, however it is still important to get 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 visit the council’s vaccination web page to find details of your nearest vaccine walk-in clinic.

“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 still important as well as remembering to consider our more vulnerable residents.”

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.

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