28 Jun 2022

Covid infections are continuing to rise in the UK with an estimated 1 in 35 people in currently infected – an increase of 23% on the week before.

 

BA.4 and BA.5 – two new fast spreading subvariants of Omicron are thought to be driving new infections according to experts from the UK Health Security Agency (UKSHA).

While the virus is relatively mild and most people will not be very ill with Covid, it can still be dangerous for those who are more vulnerable.  The UKSHA say that 17.5% of people aged 75 and over have not had a vaccine within the past six months putting them more at risk of severe disease. 

More people over 75 are being admitted to hospital with Covid complications than in recent weeks.

Spring boosters for over 75s (as well as first and second doses and boosters) remain on offer across St Helens both by appointment and walk in.  Full details can be found here: https://www.sthelensccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-information/walk-in-covid-vaccination-sessions/

After 28th June, the mass vaccination site at Saints will be paused and instead Nightingale House at Whiston Hospital will re-open on Mondays from 4th July offering ‘evergreen’ services for Moderna, Pfizer (both adult and children) and overseas verifications.

Allied Pharmacy, ipharm and Hollowood Chemists continue to offer vaccinations at their sites and there is the ability to step back up the Saints vaccination service should it be needed in the future.

Delivery of Autumn booster vaccinations are currently being planned but it has not yet been confirmed which age cohorts will be eligible.