Infection rates, hospitalisations and death rates reduced
Over the past week, Kirklees’ Covid-19 infection rate has reduced for all residents by 37 per cent with 1,138 new cases recorded, this is below the national average. Over the same period, there were five Covid-19 related deaths in local hospitals. The number of people admitted to hospital due to Covid-19 has decreased to 28.
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.”
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.
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.
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.