Vaccination drive continues as cases rise in Telford and Wrekin

Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have risen for the fourth week running, the latest figures show.

Vaccination drive continues as cases rise in Telford and Wrekin

There were 167 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (14 June – 20 June), 66 more than the previous seven-day period.

The number of cases in Telford and Wrekin is above the regional average but below the national average.

As walk-in vaccination clinics open in the borough, local health leaders are asking people to get vaccinated so some restrictions can lift. 

For the week ending 20 June, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:

• 167 Covid-19 cases reported, 66 more compared to the previous week

• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 93 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 81 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 105 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000

• No residents have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test in the past week (the total borough deaths since the start of the pandemic is 261)

• There were three patients with Covid-19 in the local hospital as of 20 June.

Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said: 

"With cases rising locally and nationally, our focus is on getting people vaccinated.

"To help make it easier for people to get vaccinated, appointment-free walk-in clinics are now open in the borough.

"People can simply turn up to have their jab at these clinics, so it's for people to fit their jab into their busy lives.

"Vaccinating as many people as possible helps to protect people from serious illness and means some restrictions can lift.

"It is crucial that people are vaccinated twice as two doses provide much greater protection than one.”

For further details about walk-in clinics, opening times and eligibility, visit Covid-19 vaccination walk-in clinic times.

As of 22 June, 35,394 people aged 20 or over have not yet received their first vaccination in Telford and Wrekin.

For those aged 40 or over, 10,834 have not had their first vaccination.

There are also 21,896 people aged 40 or over who have not yet received both vaccination doses.

Liz Noakes, added:

"As well as getting a vaccination, regular LFD testing remains the other important thing people can do to ensure restrictions are lifted.

"We need to slow the spread of the virus as much as possible, and we can only do that by identifying cases and encouraging self-isolation. 

In Telford and Wrekin, the council is also asking people who have 'precautionary symptoms' to get a PCR test.

"Precautionary symptoms include symptoms such as a runny nose, sore throat or headache.

"When booking a PCR test for a precautionary symptom, make sure you select the option that says the council has asked you to get a test."

Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:

"Thank you to everyone who has been vaccinated so far; each one protects you and those around you.

"Although our cases are rising locally, the good news is that we have not seen a significant increase in hospitalisations. 

"We can keep hospitalisations low and lift restrictions if everyone receives two doses of the vaccine.

"Get tested, get vaccinated and remember hands, face, space and fresh air."