Under 40s urged to grab a jab this weekend as cases continue to rise
Coronavirus cases in Telford and Wrekin have risen for the sixth week running, the latest figures show.
There were 477 new Coronavirus cases reported for Telford and Wrekin during the past seven days (28 June – 4 July), 185 more than the previous seven-day period.
The number of cases in Telford and Wrekin is slightly lower the regional average and national average.
As walk-in vaccination clinics open in the borough, local health leaders are asking people to get vaccinated this week.
Those aged 18-39 can walk into the Telford International Centre and grab their first jab from 8 July until 11 July - no appointment is required, and you do not need to be registered with a GP.
For further details about walk-in clinics, opening times and eligibility are available online.
For the week ending 4 July, the Covid-19 situation in the borough is:
• 477 Covid-19 cases reported, 185 more compared to the previous week
• The seven-day infection rate for Telford and Wrekin is 265 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For the West Midlands, the seven-day infection rate is 266 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000
• For England, the seven-day infection rate is 271 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 local hospitals as of 4 July.
Liz Noakes, Telford and Wrekin's Director for Public Health, said:
"This weekend, those aged 18-39 can head to the Telford International Centre and get the life-saving jab - no appointment required.
"The vaccine is working to protect people and their loved ones from serious illness - don't miss this opportunity.
"Make sure you get vaccinated twice as two doses provide much greater protection than one."
As of 6 July, 30,747 people aged 20 or over have not yet received their first vaccination in Telford and Wrekin.
For those aged 40 or over, 10,601 have not had their first vaccination.
Liz Noakes, added:
"Currently, cases are rising significantly in schools, and we are working with schools to manage several outbreaks.
"If your child is ill and experiencing even mild symptoms, your child should stay home get PCR tested.
"This will help schools to remain open in the run-up to the school holidays.
Cllr Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said:
"It's now easier than ever to get the life-saving jab.
"The more of us who are vaccinated, the better protected our residents will be.
"Those aged 18-39 can now simply walk in and get a vaccination, without an appointment.
"You don't need an NHS number or need to be registered with a local GP - you can walk into the Telford International Centre and grab a jab this weekend."