Public health bosses in North Lincolnshire are urging families to be cautious this half term as Covid-19 infection rates remain very high in the area, especially in school-aged children.
Ruth Twiggins, North Lincolnshire’s Consultant in Public Health, said:
“Covid-19 infection rates in North Lincolnshire remain very high with highest rates in school age children. The current infection rate in children aged between four and 10 years old is over 1,500 cases per 100,000. This compares to a rate of under 200 in people aged 65 to 69.
“As the rates are so high in our school aged children, mixing with older friends and relatives could lead to an increase in cases in people more vulnerable to be very ill with Covid-19 so we are asking people to be cautious over the holiday.
“Families can take a few simple steps to keep each other safe over half-term. Meet outside if possible and if not ensure rooms are well ventilated. Practice good hand hygiene and wear a face covering in more crowded places. Most importantly get the vaccine – first, second and booster jabs when eligible.
“The programme to vaccinate 12 to 15 year-olds is now running and from next week people in this age group will be able to book a jab through the national booking system offering more flexibility.
“We are also expecting a challenging winter with flu predicted to make a real comeback this year as people mix more. Anyone eligible should get the flu vaccine to protect themselves, their family and the community”.