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Why the COVID vaccination is important

by Emily Maguire

Knowsley is currently seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases – moving from below 10 per 100,000 population only a few weeks’ ago to now standing at 50.4 cases per 100,000 population (as at 7 June).

Positive cases are mainly in school children and younger people aged between 20-30 year olds – groups of the population that haven’t been eligible for the COVID vaccination, although over 18s have recently been added to the eligibility groups.

The vaccine offers you the best protection from the virus. One dose offers protection for some people, but you need both doses in order to give you the maximum protection. This is especially so now that the Delta variant is circulating.

If you’re aged over 18, book your COVID vaccination today at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or ring 119.

Other behaviours are also important to help reduce the number of cases in the borough. This includes:-

  • Wearing a face covering where advised and where social distancing isn’t possible
  • Maintain social distancing at all times
  • Continue to follow the rules around meeting others – only meet with six people indoors or up to two households
  • Choose the outdoors over the indoors wherever possible
  • Remember to open windows and have good ventilation if meeting indoors
  • Regular testing – at least twice weekly – so that people with the virus (but don’t have any symptoms) can be identified and then importantly self-isolate and stop them passing on the virus to others
  • If you test positive through a Lateral Flow / home testing kit, book a confirmatory PCR test through nhs.uk/coronavirus or ring 119
  • If you test positive following a PCR test, you, people in your household and close contacts needs to self isolate for 10 days
  • Washing your hands regularly

Cllr Christine Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said “Our communities have been playing their part and continuing to follow the rules and it’s something we are asking them to continue to do given we are seeing an increase in our rates.

“Doing everything that we possibly can will minimise the spread of the virus in our communities, and the disruption that we know the virus causes. It ensures our businesses and services can stay open, it reduces the number of children who miss school and hopefully we can get back to normality sooner.

“It’s really tempting to flout the rules and meet with large groups of people, particularly as the Euros championship is starting today.

“But, we know in Knowsley that when our rates increase, we are one of the hardest hit areas, so we all need to act now to ensure our rates don’t continue to increase. If you are eligible for the vaccine, book your appointment today – it offers you the best protection from this virus.”