No new restrictions for New Year – but take precautions says health expert

Council News
09:00, Thursday, 30th December 2021

Although the Government did not put in place any new restrictions before the New Year Eve, public health bosses say the omicron variant still poses a threat.

Tessa Lindfield, North Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health is urging people to take a sensible approach when celebrating.

“People will be able to celebrate with friends, family and loved ones this new year but no one wants to share Covid-19 with our nearest and dearest. There are a few simple steps people can take to help them stay safe. To make sure you aren’t spreading Covid-19, take a lateral flow test before catching up with people and remember your routine of hands, face, space and fresh air. If you develop symptoms or test positive for the virus then you must self-isolate. It is the right and safe thing to do.

“While the early evidence shows that the omicron variant is less likely to see people admitted to hospital, it does pose a risk. We are seeing a rapid increase in cases here in North Lincolnshire, and even a small percentage needing hospital treatment will add pressure on our local NHS services. We need to keep each other safe, particularly our key workers and we can all play a part in slowing Omicron down. We all rely on the NHS, and at the moment we need to protect it so it can be there for us when we really need it.”

The vaccine continues to be our best defence against Covid-19. It is easy to get a vaccine, you can book online via the NHS website, through your GP or some pharmacies.

The vaccination centres at the Ironstone and The Foundry also offer first, second and booster vaccinations. Staff will be happy to discuss any questions you have or help you if you are worried about needles.

The walk-in vaccination centre is open in the Foundry in Scunthorpe between 9am and 5pm Tuesday to Saturday except bank holidays – you don’t even need an appointment. If you have not had your vaccination yet, please go and get one, this vaccine saves lives.