Statement from the Director of Public Health

While we’re all looking forward to Easter bank holiday weekend, some time off work and getting to spend time with friends or family, be prepared in case of unexpected illnesses.

While we’re all looking forward to the Easter bank holiday weekend, some time off work and getting to spend time with friends or family, it pays to be prepared in case of unexpected illnesses.

If you’re unlucky enough to be unwell, help and advice is available for health issues including minor illnesses.

Don’t forget if you have a regular prescription, make sure you have enough medication to last the Bank Holiday weekend.

Easter pharmacy opening times are available and can be viewed here or through the NHS website.

Rates of Covid are still very high in the borough and are currently at 356.5* per 100,000 population: around 149.4 people per day. This rate is an underestimate in cases as free testing is no longer available to most people, and estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that around 7.6% of people are currently Covid-19 positive – that’s around 22,000 people in Stockport. See the latest published data online.

To help protect yourself and your family, following the Easter bank holiday weekend, we will be running a series of pop-up vaccination clinics to facilitate the Covid 19 spring booster programme and anyone who has not yet had a first or second vaccination or booster.

The clinics have been arranged to give people a convenient place to get boosted and stay protected from COVID-19 and there’s a particular focus on booster vaccines for over 75s, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over who have a weakened immune system. An extra booster is beneficial for those at higher risk of severe coronavirus, because immunity derived from vaccination declines over time and many of the oldest adults received their most recent vaccine dose in September or October 2021.

Over the next two weeks we have a series of venues and dates at:

  • Until April 30 (closed Good Friday) – 9:30am to 5pm Wednesday to Friday and 9:30am to 3:30pm on Saturdays.
    One Stockport Hub, in the former Argos store, in Merseyway, SK1 1RA.
  • Tuesday, 19 April from 9:30am to 4.30pm
    Stockport County FC, Edgeley Park 16 Hardcastle Rd, Edgeley, Stockport SK3 9DD
  • Wednesday, 20 April from 10:30am to 4.30pm
    Heatons Library, Thornfield Road, Heaton Moor, Stockport SK4 3LD
  • Thursday, 21 April from 9am to 12pm
    Offerton Commuity Centre, Mallowdale Road, Offerton, Stockport SK2 5NX
  • Thursday, 21 April from 1:30-5pm
    Bridgehall Community Centre, Siddington Avenue, Stockport SK3 8NR.

In addition, children aged between 5 and 11 are also invited to get their first Covid vaccine at the One Stockport Hub, or, along with all eligible cohorts aged 12 plus, can book via the national booking system online or by calling 119.

If you can’t make it to one of the pop-up, GPs in Brinnington, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, High Lane, Marple and Reddish are inviting all their eligible patients. Vaccinations are also being offered by some pharmacies and you can book your appointment via the National Booking Service or by calling 119. The appointment dates you’ll be offered start from 3 months (91 days) after your previous dose but booking an appointment around 6 months after your previous dose is preferable to get maximum protection from a spring booster.

There is also a walk-in and booked appointments clinic at Trinity Methodist Church, 351 Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP, open Tuesday to Sunday, 9am to 6pm.

Full details of places to get a vaccination in Stockport, including many options available without prior booking, are on the CCG website.

So far, 87.4% of those aged 18+ and 87.1% of those aged 16 plus have received their first dose. Also, 85.3% of those aged 18+ and 84.6% of those aged 16 plus have received their second dose. Also, 64.2% of healthy 12–15-year-olds have had a first dose and 42.8% have had their second dose. In addition, 71.9% of the adult population have had a booster dose and 70.5% of those aged 16 plus.
While free PCR or lateral flow device testing is no longer be available for most people, they are still available to purchase, so if you do carry out an LFT test, please do continue to report the result.

If you do test positive, our advice is that adults should isolate for 5 days and children for 3 days. After this period, you can end your isolation if you feel well and don’t have a temperature but should avoid contact with anyone who might be particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 until 10 days after your positive test.

You can also still continue to adapt your behaviour to reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:
• Getting vaccinated
• Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
• Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where coming into contact with people they do not usually meet and when rates of transmission are high
• Washing hands and following advice to “Catch it, Bin it, Kill it”.

The guidance on what you can do to keep yourself and others safe outlines these measures well.

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