PUBLIC HEALTH: Difficult winter ahead in Liverpool
Liverpool’s director of public health has warned the city could be in for a “difficult winter” due to its lagging Covid-19 vaccination rate.
Matt Ashton wrote in a tweet last night that the proportion of double jabbed people in the city, currently around 62%, was far too low to provide the protection needed to prevent a surge in cases.
Infection levels in the city have ebbed slightly from a recent high a couple of weeks ago but rates in Liverpool still stood at 312.2 per 100,000 people as of September 19.
In his tweet yesterday, Mr Ashton said: “At 62%, the number of people in Liverpool double vaccinated is still far too low, and could mean we are in line for a difficult winter. The #Covid19 vaccine is free, safe, and effective. Please get vaccinated”
Councillor Frazer Lake, the council’s cabinet member for health and social care, also warned at last night’s full council meeting of a potential surge in infections if more people did not get jabbed.
Councillor Lake also said that risked the city potentially being put under further restrictions by the government if it continued to put hospitals under pressure.
Liverpool’s vaccination rate, like many UK cities, lags behind the UK as a whole.
If you have not been jabbed and want to receive a vaccine today, you can do so at the below drop in clinics.
- Sensor City, Russell St, L3 5LJ – 12pm – 8pm (Pfizer)
- Aintree Hall, Longmoor Ln, L9 7AL – 9am – 12 /1pm – 5pm (Pfizer & AstraZeneca)
- Mersey Ferry Terminal, Pier Head, L3 1DP – 11am – 2pm /3pm – 7pm (Pfizer)
Words: Nick Tyrrell, Local Democracy Reporter
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