Fresh call for residents to get boosted

Our Director of Public Health has renewed calls for residents to get their Covid-19 booster vaccinations. Her plea comes in a week when the UK Health Security Agency published data showing that an estimated 105,600 people in the UK have avoided needing hospital treatment over the past two months because they had been fully vaccinated.

As the Omicron wave swept through the country, boosters have played a key part in keeping people safe.

Reported cases of Covid-19 fell in Kirklees by 42 percent over the past week but our health chief is urging residents to make sure they’re up to date with their jabs as the virus continues to circulate in the community. The number of local people needing hospital treatment and dying as a result of the virus both increased slightly this week.

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

“The evidence is really strong. Getting boosted is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from Covid-19. Over 100,000 people have avoided hospital treatment over the past few weeks because they had their jabs. The virus is still out there but you’re much less likely to get seriously ill if you’ve got protection from the booster.

“It’s easy to get the protection you need. Just log on to the NHS website or call 119 to make your appointment today. Or visit the council’s vaccination web page to find details of your nearest vaccine walk-in clinic where you won’t need an appointment.

“And if you haven’t had any of your jabs yet, it’s definitely not too late. You can use the national booking system or call in to a walk-in clinic to get protected”.

What does the data show? 

Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate has reduced for all residents by 42 per cent with 1795 new cases recorded, this is below the national average.

Over the same period there were seven Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 has increased to 49.

The UK Health Security Agency’s analysis estimates that since 13 December 2021, when Omicron infections started to become more dominant, the booster vaccine has prevented 105,600 hospitalisations in those aged 25 and over in England.

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Vaccinations 

Walk-in clinics taking place across Kirklees can be found on the NHS site finder. Residents can book an appointment for their 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 residents have symptoms, they should get a PCR test and isolate immediately. The easiest way to get a PCR test at the nearest available testing centre. Find out more about PCR testing, how to book and what support is available for those who need to isolate.