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VACCINATION HUB: New hub as Covid rates rise

 

The number of people being admitted to Merseyside hospitals with Covid-19 has started to rise, prompting calls for younger people to get vaccinated against the virus.

 

Covid patient numbers have more than doubled in the last week with more expected in the coming days. Health bosses say it’s more important than ever for those eligible to accept their vaccine.

Liverpool's citywide coronavirus rate is approaching 300 cases per 100,000 people as some parts of the city struggle with even higher infection rates.

Almost 1460 cases were recorded in the city in the week up to June 22, a leap of almost 600 in seven days.

The infection rate over the same period was 293.1 cases per 100,000 people.

The situation in some wards is significantly worse, with Riverside's rate standing at 498, Greenbank's at 470 and Picton's at 446 cases per 100,000 people.

It comes as the number of vaccinated people in Liverpool continues to lag behind its neighbours, though it is continuing to rise.

Just under 61% of residents over the age of 16 have now received at least one jab, with just under 45% having received both.

The available data indicates the vaccine is having an impact in reducing serious illness from the disease, though experts say two jabs is required for strong protection against the Delta variant, which accounts for most new cases in the UK.

Medical professionals across our region are pleading with everyone to take up the offer of a jab, with all over 18s now eligible.

In Liverpool, infections from the virus are not spread evenly, with some areas significantly more badly affected than others
The number of people being admitted to Merseyside hospitals with Covid-19 has started to rise, prompting calls for younger people to get vaccinated against the virus.

Rowan Pritchard Jones, medical director at St Helens and Whiston hospitals, said rising infection rates in the community were "now very clearly translating into people being admitted to hospital".

Covid patient numbers have more than doubled in the last week, he said, reaching 14 on Friday with more expected in the coming days.

Professor Pritchard Jones added that the patients being admitted were "younger than ever" and either hadn't had a vaccine or had had only one dose.

Rates of Covid-19 have surged in the Liverpool City Region over the past month, reaching 216 cases per 100,000 people on Monday compared to less than 10 a month ago as people once again mix with each other in bars and restaurants.

Knowsley and St Helens have seen especially rapid rises, with cases more than doubling last week alone.

At the same time, Health Bosses hospitals say hospitals are incredibly busy dealing with a backlog of patients who could not be seen during the worst of the pandemic.

Of particular concern is young men aged between 25 and 29, who are less likely to have had the vaccine but are still mixing with others and being exposed to the virus.

in Liverpool itself, vaccinations are lagging considerably behind the rest of the region, with only 65% of adults having received at least one dose and less than half having had both.

To combat this shortfall, a new mass vaccination centre has been set up at the Pier Head which is expected to deliver 600 jabs per day.
people will be able to walk into this new centre if they are in the city centre or heading to work t to make it as easy as possible.

Vaccinations have also now been opened to everyone aged over 18 and all eligible people are being urged to book an appointment or attend a walk-in session to make sure they're protected against the virus.

 


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