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Knowsley Outbreak Management Board – 28 October 2021

by Gemma Melling

Please note that the data contained within this article is correct at the time of publication – as this is a changing picture, further updates will be provided to supersede this information as and when available.

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Knowsley’s latest Outbreak Management Board meeting took place on Thursday 28 October 2021.  At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the current level of COVID-19 cases in the borough.

In summary:

Cases have increased significantly in the last 14 days with cases currently at 448 cases per 100,000 population. This is below the national average which is 487.4 cases per 100,000 population.

Cases remain high in 10-14 year olds as well as the over 60s.

There continues to be pressures in our regional hospitals with COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients.

Knowsley CCG gave a vaccination update. Overall 104,000 residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 96,000 have had both doses and 14,000 are fully vaccinated including a Booster.

Knowsley CCG is exploring options to have the Booster jab more accessible and be available through walk-in clinics rather than by appointment only. They are also reviewing access for 12-15 year olds too.

In terms of residents who haven’t yet had any vaccine, 75% are aged under 39 years.

Uptake in 12-18 year olds remains low with just over 15% of the eligible population vaccinated (compared to 23% in Cheshire and Merseyside).

In order to encourage people to take up the vaccination offer, pop up vaccination clinics will take place in the Borough and free transport is available to get to / from a vaccination site by contacting Healthwatch Knowsley on 0151 449 3954:-

    • Alamein Barrocks, Liverpool Road, Huyton on 3 November from 10am until 4pm
    • Kirkby One Stop Shop, Norwich Way, Kirkby on 6 November from 10am until 4pm
    • New Hutte Neighbourhood Centre, Lichfield Road, Halewood on 7 November from 10am until 4pm

At the drop-in sessions, first, second and booster vaccines will be offered and both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines are available.

The Board received an update on outbreaks in three care homes in the borough. Infection Control have visited the homes and residents are either asymptomatic or have low-level symptoms.

The care home Booster and Flu vaccination programme for both staff and residents is ongoing.

The Board recommends that face coverings should be worn in crowded and busy public areas such as supermarkets and whilst on public transport.

Regular testing (twice weekly) is also important to help to stop the spread of the virus. Parents / carers are reminded to ensure their children have been tested in advance of returning to school next week.

Advice is also being issued to businesses and encouraging them to remind staff of the importance of vaccination, testing, regular hand washing and good ventilation in the workplace.

The Knowsley Outbreak Management Board is responsible for overseeing Knowsley’s Outbreak Management Plan – you can read it on Knowsley Council’s website.

The Board is chaired by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Graham Morgan, and membership includes the Council’s Adult Social Care Cabinet Member (Councillor Louise Harbour), Resources Cabinet Member (Councillor Jayne Aston), Health Cabinet Member (Councillor Christine Bannon), and Chief Executive (Mike Harden) alongside Knowsley’s Director of Public Health (Dr Sarah McNulty) and representatives from Merseyside Police (when required).