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Knowsley Outbreak Management Board – Thursday 25 November 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 25 November 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 in Knowsley were continuing at a consistent level of between 350 and 400 per 100,000 population.

There had been a decline in cases among the over 60s which could be due to the recent increase in uptake of Booster vaccinations.

The highest case rates continued to be among school-aged children, particularly in those aged between 5 and 9 years. This is a trend across Cheshire and Merseyside and reflects the cohorts who are not being vaccinated.

There had been a reduction in the numbers of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients in local hospitals. However, those hospitals were still experiencing significant pressures for reasons other than COVID-19.

81% of COVID-19 hospital patients aged under 50 years were unvaccinated.

37.05% of the eligible Knowsley population had still not yet been vaccinated. The majority of the unvaccinated population in Knowsley are people aged 29 or younger.

78% of the eligible Knowsley population was fully vaccinated (i.e. two doses and a booster).

The Board encouraged Knowsley residents who haven’t yet got around to being vaccinated to go ahead and do so, particularly as the winter wears on. Vaccination offers people the best protection from the virus. Appointments can be made at nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine or by ringing 119.

The majority of vaccines given in the seven days prior to the latest Board meeting had been booster jabs (with 5,000 vaccinations administered). Demand was expected to increase as over 40s had also recently been invited to receive their booster jabs.

The uptake of a first vaccination does among 12-15 year olds in Knowsley was still low at 22.77%. This rate of uptake was below the average across Cheshire and Merseyside. Appointments can be made through the national booking portal – call 119 or book online at nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine.

A booster vaccination programme for housebound residents had also commenced, and was expected to take four weeks to complete.

The Board received an update on recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the borough, including a number of schools in Knowsley which were experiencing positive cases. Outbreak control meetings were continuing to take place in such settings. Testing kits were being issued and households were being encouraged to continue to test themselves regularly.

In the run up to the Christmas festivities, the Board advised residents to continue with regular testing and to take a test in advance of attending any festive events or get togethers.

About the Knowsley Outbreak Management Board

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).