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Knowsley’s Outbreak Management Board Update: 8 April 2021

by Jonathan Kearney

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 8 April 2021.  At the meeting, the Board reviewed the latest data available and updates on the COVID vaccination programme and the current level of COVID-19 cases in the Borough.

In summary:-

  • The Board received an update from Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group on the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which included the following information:-
  1. First dose vaccines are continuing to be offered for residents in priority groups 1-9.
  2. Second doses have now started for priority groups 1 and 2.
  3. More than 90% of people aged over 60 in Knowsley have had their first dose and almost 50% of people aged over 80 have had their second dose of the vaccine.
  4. Lower levels of vaccine uptake have been identified in Northwood (Kirkby), Page Moss (Huyton), and Stockbridge Village.
  5. Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group is working with GP practices across Knowsley to raise awareness of the vaccine and address any barriers to people taking up the offer of the vaccine.
  6. A simplified booking process has been introduced, vaccine clinics are taking place to support residents’ needs (such as evening and weekend clinics), home visits have been carried out to vaccinate housebound residents, and clinics are taking place in community settings (such as settings which are familiar to residents with learning disabilities).
  7. There has been a focus on vaccinating unpaid carers who are not in receipt of a Carer’s Allowance or registered with their GP as a carer, residents with learning disabilities, homeless people, and asylum seekers.

 

  • The Board recommended consideration of additional vaccination sites and/or “pop up” vaccination centres in the areas of low uptake, and consideration of a mass vaccination centre as the programme moves into priority groups 10-12 (younger, working age population who may need a vaccination site closer to home).

 

  • The Board asked for an update report to be presented at the next Board meeting to outline the latest vaccination figures and identify reasons for low uptake where appropriate.

 

  • Knowsley’s COVID-19 cases continue to fall. The current seven day case level is 23.2 per 100,000 which is below both the North West and national rate.

 

  • It was noted that fewer PCR tests are being undertaken in the Borough, which aligns to there being fewer symptomatic people in the Borough. Of tests being conducted, 0.9% are positive.

 

  • Hospital admissions are declining and there are no local variants of concern.

 

  • Merseyside Police is continuing with a proactive approach to COVID-19 enforcement, with a focus on engagement in view of the changing rules. Additional COVID-19 patrols are in place to engage with communities and review compliance with COVID-19 restrictions.  Visits to licensed premises and retail premises will be carried out as restrictions are relaxed.

 

  • Residents are being reminded to remain cautious and not be complacent as the country moves into Step 2 of the Government’s “Road Map” from Monday 12 April 2021. Rules are still in place and must be followed so that the Road Map target dates can continue to be achieved.

 

  • Residents are also encouraged to engage in regular testing, which will help to identify people with the virus but who do not have symptoms. Further details about where to collect lateral flow testing kits from can be found here.

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 Health and Social Care Cabinet Member (Councillor Sean Donnelly), Resources Cabinet Member (Councillor Jayne Aston), and Chief Executive (Mike Harden) alongside Knowsley’s Director of Public Health (Dr Sarah McNulty) and representatives from Merseyside Police and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service.