Covid cases rise in Staffordshire!
Staffordshire has seen a huge rise in cases and the NHS is urging people to be vigilant to prevent further lockdowns.
The best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19 is to be fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated should continue to follow safer behaviours set out below to prevent the spread of the virus. This includes:
- Let fresh air in if you meet indoors. Meeting outdoors is safer;
- Wear a face covering in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet;
- Get tested, and self-isolate if required;
- Try to stay at home if you are feeling unwell;
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day;
- Download and use the NHS COVID-19 app to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus.
NHS issues plea for people in the Midlands to stay safe and get the COVID booster vaccine
People in the Midlands who are eligible for the COVID-19 booster vaccine are being urged to stay safe and book a jab as soon as possible. The booster vaccine is offered to those eligible who had their second dose of the COVID vaccination six months ago as protection will have deteriorated.
The NHS will be in touch to notify eligible people when they are due their booster jab at least six months – that’s a minimum of 182 days – after their second vaccination.
Appointments can be booked quickly and conveniently at www.nhs.uk/book-covid-booster. People that can’t go online can book by phoning 119.
Those who are eligible for a booster at least six months after their second dose include:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- frontline health and social care workers
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
Recently, the NHS encouraged pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as data showed that nearly 1 in 5 of the most critically ill COVID patients were unvaccinated pregnant women.
Anyone receiving a text or letter inviting them for a booster jab should come forward as soon as possible to get crucial protection.