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Statement from the Director of Public Health

Reported rates of Covid are fluctuating within the borough. Rates are now at 98.5 per 100,000 population: around 41 people per day. However, this rate will be an underestimate in cases as free testing is no longer available to most people. Estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggest that around 2.7% of people are currently Covid-19 positive based on samples for North West from the ONS infection survey and Based on these estimates, around 7,900 people in Stockport. See the latest published data online.

Vaccines remain our best defence against the virus and they are credited with preventing more than 157,000 hospitalisations, according to figures from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people and as such, we’re now offering spring boosters to the elderly aged over 75s, care home residents and the most vulnerable immunocompromised aged over 12 to protect those that really need it.

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.

So far, 87.4% of those aged 18+ and 87.1% of those aged 16 plus have received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Stockport. Also, 85.5% of those aged 18+ and 84.8% of those aged 16 plus have received their second dose. Also, 64.8% of healthy 12–15-year-olds have had a first dose and 47.1% have had their second dose. In addition, 72.6% of the adult population have had a booster dose and 71.1% of those aged 16 plus.

To help protect yourself and your family, we have extended the pop-up vaccination clinic the end of May at One Stockport Hub (OSH), in the former Argos store, in Merseyway, SK1 1RA on Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 5pm, and Saturday, 9.30am to 3.30pm for eligible cohorts aged 12 plus.

As well as facilitating the spring booster programme, anyone who has not yet had a first or second vaccination or booster in a convenient place to get boosted and stay protected from COVID-19.

In addition, children aged between 5 and 11 are also invited to get their first Covid vaccine at the One Stockport Hub from 9 am to 1pm on Saturdays. No appointment is necessary. Also, 5 to 11 years olds can book a vaccination every Sunday, from 8 May, from 9 to 6pm, at Trinity Methodist Church, 351 Bramhall Lane, Bramhall, SK3 8TP. Appointments must be booked in advance, as the clinic is not accepting walk-in appointments for children of this age, via the national booking website, or call 119 free of charge.

If you can’t make it to one of the pop-ups, GPs in Brinnington, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Hazel Grove, High Lane, Marple and Reddish are inviting all their eligible patients aged 75+. Vaccinations are also being offered by some pharmacies and you can book your appointment via the National Booking Service oor 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.

Walk-in and booked appointments clinic are also available at Trinity Methodist Church, 351 Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP, from Tuesday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm, and every Sunday, 9am to 3pm.

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

We can all ensure we take care to avoid others as much as possible if we have COVID-19 symptoms or confirmed COVID-19.

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.

Don’t forget the basics of good hygiene. 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”.

All of these behaviours can help to reduce the risk of infection and help us live safely with COVID-19.

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

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