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Covid Vaccinations and Testing More Vital than Ever

Press Release: 01/09/2021

 

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EVEN though life may seem to be getting back to normal, the need for covid vaccinations and testing is more important than ever if you want to protect yourself and those around you and avoid disruption to your life.

After almost a month of slow but continual increases, Tameside now has the highest infection of coronavirus infection in Greater Manchester and is 19th in England.

The latest figures give the borough’s rate as 405.1 cases per 100,000, which is a significant rise on the previous week and some distance ahead of second-placed Stockport (349.4) with the gap steadily widening. It’s also well above the average for England (314.7).

While there is no crisis at the moment, the possibility of one occurring is very real unless steps to prevent it are taken immediately.

Vaccination remains the most effective thing anyone can do to safeguard themselves against the virus – and it needs to be two jabs. While a single shot offers a degree of protection, double vaccination increases the level significantly. So make sure you return for your second jab when invited.

Allied to this, testing remains crucial. Even if your symptoms, such as a temperature or cough, are only mild, play it safe by getting a PCR test and apart from the journey to the testing centre, don’t go anywhere until you receive your result and further instructions.

Regular, rapid testing, twice a week for those without symptoms will also prevent people unknowingly passing on the virus. Not only does this help protect others but in reducing the high rates of infection we reduce the risk of new variants developing. 

Vaccinations and rapid testing are easily available. Walk-in centre clinics take place every week day across the borough as well as pop-up clinics where booking isn’t required. Free testing kits can be picked up from pharmacies and libraries.

Cllr Brenda Warrington, the executive leader of Tameside Council, said: "Although we’ve done well, and in general terms the vaccination programme has been a huge success, covid hasn’t gone away.

"It’s still with us at a high level with at least 100 new cases reported each day in the borough. There is also the possibility a new variant could emerge to replace delta.

"What all this means is that we have to be realistic and cautious. If we want to reduce the infection rate and continue to enjoy the progress we’ve made, we have to make sure we wash our hands, wear masks in crowded places, and most importantly get two vaccinations and test regularly.”

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