Hi I’m Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health in Doncaster.
I want to update you on the local health effects of COVID, our rates of infection and other important information and guidance this week.
So the good news is that the number of local people in hospital receiving active treatment for COVID is under 20. This is the lowest number since September last year. Our rate of infections has fallen to 80.5 infections per 100,000 people for the period 3rd to 9th April and the rate amongst the over 60 age group is now 40.6 per 100,000. This is encouraging and thank you for the sacrifices you have and are continuing to make to help. We are still seeing the majority of cases in the 15-34 year olds.
We still must all follow the guidance to get the infection rate down even further and this is even more vital as we have this week stepped into Step 2 of the Government’s pathway out of Coronavirus.
As more of our pre-COVID world begins to reopen gradually this increases the risk of the infection spreading so hands, face and space and the rule of six or two households mixing outdoors is critical. It would be a shame if we see infection rates spike so please do follow this guidance as we go into the weekend and if you plan to enjoy shopping in our town centres and the alfresco hospitality in the borough.
You will also be aware of the funeral of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh tomorrow. There is a minute’s silence at the start of the funeral at 3pm and we are being asked across the country to observe safely and at home.
Our vaccination programme here in Doncaster has seen the 200,000th jab being given this week – that’s first and second doses combined. That is a major milestone. I’d like to thank everyone in the NHS, council staff and the range of volunteers who have worked so hard to make this happen and continue to. So please when you are invited to get your vaccination, please take up the offer.
Thank you and let’s keep doing it for Doncaster.
Dr Rupert Suckling
Director of Public Health
Vaccination Update from Anthony Fitzgerald
Here's the latest update on Covid vaccinations in Doncaster from Doncaster CCG's Director of Strategy and Delivery Anthony Fitzgerald
Doncaster have now offered a first vaccine to all those identified in the 9 priority groups with an uptake of over 88%.
Frontline Social Care Vaccinations
If you are an eligible frontline care worker and have not yet received an invitation for your first covid-19 Vaccination, You can book your first vaccination through the National Booking System from 19 April.
Spot Our Covid-19 Messaging Van!
As we continue to enjoy the next stage of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, we still need to remember the basics to ensure we slow the spread further.
Whether you're enjoying one of our parks across the borough or shopping this weekend- please continue to remember Hands, Face and Space.
You might spot some reminders around the borough...
Let's Keep Checking In
We've taken another big step in the government's roadmap out of national restrictions this week, but this may be a scary prospect for some.
After a year of shielding, some of our more vulnerable residents might be feeling anxious about going out again, mixing with others, and being in busier places.
Let's check on those who may be feeling nervous over the upcoming weeks and month.
Booking Your Vaccination
Are you eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination in Doncaster but haven’t yet been invited? Check if you’re currently eligible and then please send your:
- Date of birth
- Contact details
- Name of your GP surgery
To firstname.lastname@example.org You will only receive a response from us and the opportunity to book an appointment if you are currently eligible, so please explain why you think you should be getting the vaccine now.
If you’ve recently moved house or changed contact numbers and forgotten to tell your Doncaster GP, please let them know by sending your details:
- Phone number
- Name of your GP surgery
- NHS Number (You can find it here)
To email@example.com Please be assured these details will only be passed to your GP for their records.
You can find the more information on the latest advice for the AstraZeneca vaccine via the Government Website.
Mobile Testing Unit
Here is where Doncaster's Mobile Testing Unit will be this week:
And finally…last chance to register to vote for the elections
Elections are taking place on 6 May and if you’re not yet registered to vote you have until midnight on Monday 19 April to do this.
The council is putting in extra precautions to help keep everyone safe during this election and all polling stations will be covid secure. However if you would prefer to use a postal vote, rather than vote at a polling station, then please call 0800 180 4604 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on 20 April. You can also apply at the Electoral Commission
You can also vote by proxy – where you can ask somebody else to vote on your behalf. To request an application form please call 0800 180 4604 or email email@example.com You must return your completed proxy application form by 5pm on 27 April.
For more information on the elections in Doncaster please visit Upcoming Elections
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