Public health officials are urging people to get the booster jab as soon as possible, as more than 200 suspected cases of Omicron are identified in North Lincolnshire.
Tessa Lindfield, North Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said:
“As expected, Omicron has arrived in North Lincolnshire with over 200 suspected cases currently identified. This looks set to rise sharply over the coming days.
“Two doses of the vaccine do offer some protection, but the booster jab reduces the risk of illness by around 70 percent and dramatically reduces the risk of serious illness and hospitalisation.
“Locally the NHS have ramped-up the vaccine programme with GPs, pharmacies and the vaccination centres at the Ironstone and The Foundry pulling out all the stops to offer first, second and booster vaccinations. Most older people have had the booster but there are still thousands of people aged under 50 that will be offered the jab over the next couple of weeks to meet the Government’s target.
“Health and care services are under pressure. The vast majority of people in hospital with Covid-19 have not been vaccinated. I would urge everyone to do all they can to keep themselves and their loved ones safe over the holiday period. Please get fully vaccinated and think carefully about how much you mix with others. Prioritise important meetings and avoid those that can wait. Check you aren’t unintentionally spreading Covid-19 by taking a lateral flow test before catching up with people and remember hands, face, space and fresh air.”
Vaccinations can be booked online via the NHS website, through your GP or some pharmacies.
The walk-in vaccination centre is now open in the Foundry in Scunthorpe between 9am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday – no appointment needed. Visit the North Lincolnshire Council website to check the opening times over the Christmas period.
Have a safe and Happy Christmas.