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Don’t take up a hospital bed this Christmas – get vaccinated today

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is urging residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19 after the latest figures showed that of those patients aged 50 and under with the virus, 81% are unvaccinated.

Cases of COVID-19 in those over 60 in the borough is also falling as more and more residents get their booster jab.

With festive season now upon us, our high streets, hospitality venues and day to day lives are going to become a lot busier and we are likely to come into contact with more people. COVID-19 spreads through close contact and we are therefore entering a high-risk period for transmission.

The COVID-19 vaccine protects you against the virus and reduces your risk of getting seriously ill or dying from COVID-19. It also reduces the risk of you catching or spreading the virus.

A coronavirus (COVID-19) booster vaccine dose helps improve the protection residents have from their first 2 doses of the vaccine. It helps give more vulnerable residents longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19.

There are a number of ways you can get your COVID-19 vaccination in Knowsley and across the region.

To book their vaccine, residents can visit the National Booking Portal, call 119 or speak to their GP.

Alternatively, they can for the latest pop-up and drop-up clinics that take place across the city region on Knowsley News.

The Council is working in partnership with Healthwatch Knowsley to provide a taxi service for residents who do not have access to transport to get to a drop-in vaccination site or to a pre-booked appointment.

Call 0151 449 3954 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm) and they will talk you through your options to get to your appointment or a drop in clinic close by to you.

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “The latest figures demonstrate the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

“We know from last year that Christmas and the increased socialising results in an increase in cases of the virus. By getting vaccinated people can reduce their chances of ending up in hospital and protect our local NHS services and what is a very busy time of the year.

“I would urge any residents who have yet to get vaccinated to do so.”