Covid Delta variant risk makes vaccination more important to protect North Lincolnshire

Council News
11:35, Thursday, 10th June 2021

The new Delta variant of Covid-19 has a strong foothold in the north west of the country with really high rates of infection.

Health experts in North Lincolnshire have said there is a real chance this could spread further over the coming few weeks – potentially hitting our communities. Only around 30 cases have been reported locally since the beginning of April.

However, the latest evidence shows that vaccines are effective against this variant, making it vital that as many people as possible who can be vaccinated are if the Delta variant begins to take hold.

Steve Pintus, Northern Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said:

“We know from our modelling and the lessons learned in previous outbreaks that the virus takes time to spread from areas of high infection.

“This time we have access to the vaccine and already most people aged over 30 have had at least one dose. For those that haven’t it is vital they book a jab as soon as possible. There are hundreds of slots available at the Baths Hall and the process is quick and easy.

“Vaccines are now also available to people aged between 25 and 29 and I would urge people in this age group to book as soon as possible. Everyone over the age of 18 will be offered the vaccine over the next few days and weeks.”

Testing is also very important. Tests can be ordered online or are being supplied through schools and workplaces.