With winter approaching, people in Southend are being urged to ‘Grab The Jab’ if they haven’t already or get their booster dose if they received their second jab at least six months ago.
Pfizer vaccinations are available for eligible people wanting their first, second and booster jabs at the Civic Centre vaccination centre in Victoria Avenue (currently open every day from 9am to 7pm).
The community vaccination bus is also at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, Garon Park from 10am to 3pm until Saturday October 30 offering the same vaccinations. If you are eligible, there is no need to book an appointment.
Local people are also being reminded of other good public health measures as cases rise and winter approaches. Along with getting vaccinated, people should remain cautious and do their bit to prevent spreading the virus within local communities.
This includes testing regularly, meeting others outside or letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, washing your hands regularly and wearing a face covering in crowded places. Residents are also advised to remain at home if they feel unwell and to self-isolate if they develop symptoms of Covid-19 or test positive for the virus.
Cllr Cheryl Nevin, cabinet member for adult social care and health integration, said: “COVID-19 rates are rising and we expect the rate to continue to rise as we move further into winter.
“Whilst this is concerning, it is not unexpected, but everyone can play their part in protecting themselves and keeping each other safe. We want as many people as possible to get vaccinated and get the vaccine boosted when they are due. So please Grab the Jab.”
Krishna Ramkhelawon, the council’s director of public health, says: “We know that immunity from the first two doses of the vaccine is likely to reduce as time goes on, and so getting the booster when eligible is so important. We also know that older and vulnerable people generally had their jabs earlier, so if you had your second jab more than six months ago, please go and get that booster dose.
“I am also urging local people to carry on with the good public health and hand hygiene measures we have learned over the last 18 months. So please keep getting tested, washing your hands regularly, wear a face covering in crowded places and remember to ventilate rooms when you are meeting others indoors.
“These actions can collectively make an impact and ultimately reduce pressure on local NHS and Care services.”
The latest data for Southend, eleased on Monday October 25 shows that the weekly case rate is 419.1 per 100,000, up from 320.1 the week before. In those aged 60 and over, the rate is 230.9 per 100,000, up from 124.1 per 100,000 the week before.
Parents and carers of young people aged 12-15 years old will be sent instructions directly on how to arrange a vaccination appointment for their child.
Students have been encouraged to keep testing over half term and particularly before they start back at school to prevent spreading it in class.