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COVID VACCINE: St Helens vaccine rates

COVID VACCINE: St Helens vaccine rates

The coronavirus vaccine

Almost 80 per cent of adults in St Helens have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

Health bosses are continuing to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the borough closely amid efforts to vaccinate people swiftly.

Currently, 84 per cent of over 18s have had one jab of the vaccine, with 78.7 per cent being double jabbed.

Ruth du Plessis, director of public health for St Helens, says vaccination take-up among St Helens residents has been one of the highest across Cheshire and Merseyside and ‘we are really pleased’ that people have come forward to protect themselves and others.

She added: “However, vaccination rates of residents aged 18-39 are a lot lower than the all-age figures. Thirty per cent of this group have had not had any vaccines yet and this rises to 41 per cent in the Town Centre ward.

“Low take-up of vaccines, especially second doses, among pregnant women is also a concern despite evidence showing that vaccination is safe for mum and baby.

“Across Cheshire and Merseyside, since Delta became the prominent variant from July 1, our data shows that 78 per cent of patients admitted to hospital with complications of Covid-19 aged 18-39 were unvaccinated, and there were more vaccinated patients in hospital in their 30s than unvaccinated patients in their 80s and 90s.

“It is never too late to get your vaccine and it really is the best way of protecting against serious illness.

“The mass vaccination centre at Saints remains open for appointments and drop-in sessions for everyone over 16 and we’re pleased that so many 16-17 year olds have been attending the site to protect themselves and their friends and families.

“We’ve also been working with colleges to promote uptake taking our vaccination bus there at the start of term.

“I’d also urge those aged 50+ and with chronic conditions who will shortly be contacted for their booster jab to ensure they receive this along with flu vaccine to protect themselves for the months ahead.”

 

Words: Aran Dhillon, Local Democracy Reporter


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