Coronavirus

There have been 464 cases of coronavirus confirmed on Thursday in Lincolnshire, as the NHS begins delivering COVID booster jabs to the most vulnerable people.

As part of the next stage of the vaccination programme, hospital hubs have started jabbing frontline health and care workers and identifying other eligible patients for their coronavirus booster vaccine

GP-led local vaccination services will follow in the coming days and full vaccination rollout will begin from next week in Lincolnshire.

The NHS will contact those who are eligible through a call or text from their local GP-led site or the National Booking Service.

Those who are eligible include:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

However, some of those in the original nine priority groups will not be eligible for the top-up until the New Year.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and deputy lead for the COVID vaccination programme said: “Alongside one of our busiest summers in the NHS, our hardworking staff have also been gearing up to deliver the autumn booster programme, to give further protection to healthcare and social care workers and those most at risk from the virus.”

Latest statistics published by Public Health England show that around 112,000 lives were saved thanks to the vaccination programme.

Meanwhile, there have been 464 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday.

Government figures on Thursday showed 296 new cases in Lincolnshire, 75 in North East Lincolnshire and 93 in North Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus cases up to September 16. | Image: GOV.uk

Three further deaths of Lincolnshire residents were also confirmed in the government figures.

NHS data showed no further deaths in Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals on Thursday.

Nationally, cases increased by 26,911 to 7,339,009 while deaths rose by 158 to 134,805.

Vaccination data released on Thursday revealed that 1,108,065 doses of the jab had now been handed out in Lincolnshire.

There were 7,225 doses given out in the past week, 3,782 fewer doses than the previous week.

Of those, 532,625 were second jabs – a total of 84% of the total 634,453 population of Lincolnshire.

A total of 562,809 people over the aged of 18, and 12,631 under 18s have received their first dose, while 530,265 over 18s and 2,360 under 18s were double-dosed.

In North East Lincolnshire a total of 213,647 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 101,960 (79%) being second doses.

In North Lincolnshire, 239,650 doses have been handed out, with 115,174 (82%) being double-jabbed.


Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, September 16

106,415 cases (up 464)

  • 69,906 in Lincolnshire (up 296)
  • 16,618 in North Lincolnshire (up 93)
  • 19,891 in North East Lincolnshire (up 75)

2,3111 deaths (up three)

  • 1,691 from Lincolnshire (up three)
  • 316 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 304 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,386 hospital deaths (no change)

  • 849 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 492 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)
DATA SOURCE — FIGURES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF THE LATEST UPDATE. POSTCODE DATA INCLUDES DEATHS NOT IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES OR IN HOSPITALS OUTSIDE AUTHORITY BOUNDARIES.

Health bosses in Lincolnshire have confirmed 12 to 15-year-olds across the county will be given the COVID-19 vaccine at school.

It comes after yesterday’s announcement by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers that healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire said: “We continue to prepare for the imminent rollout across Lincolnshire, which will be delivered in schools by our Schools Aged Immunisation Service.”

Meanwhile, there have been 547 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Greater Lincolnshire on Wednesday.

Government figures on Wednesday showed 380 new cases in Lincolnshire, 78 in North East Lincolnshire and 89 in North Lincolnshire.

One further death of a Greater Lincolnshire resident was confirmed in the government figures,

NHS data also showed two further deaths on Wednesday, with both taking place at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Trust.

Nationally, cases increased by 30,597 to 7,312,683 while deaths rose by 201 to 134,647.

Lincolnshire’s infection rates from August 23 to September 14. | Table: Daniel Jaines, Data: Gov.UK

It comes as North East Lincolnshire has dropped out of the top three Greater Lincolnshire authorities with the highest infection rate in the past seven days – but the region has shown a general rise.

Government data shows six out of the nine local authorities have seen a rise in infection rates, with the region’s average across all council areas increasing from 303.7 per 100,000 population to 323.3.

However, North East Lincolnshire has seen its rate fall from 356.4 to 327.6. It currently sits 193rd highest nationally, dropping from 127th.

Nationally, further details have been revealed about the government’s Plan B this winter – including that NHS pressures would be the main trigger for it.

Under the reserve plan, the government could look to mandate face masks and bring in vaccine passports – though initially they want to focus on encouraging people to get the vaccine and launching booster jabs for the most vulnerable.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid told BBC Breakfast: “We don’t want to get to a position ever again where there’s unsustainable pressure on the NHS, so it’s not able to see people in the usual way when it needs to, particularly emergency patients.

“So in my mind that is the number one issue that we need to always, always keep an eye on.”

He said factors would include hospital admission numbers, pressures on A&E and staffing levels.


Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Wednesday, September 15

105,951 cases (up 547)

  • 69,610 in Lincolnshire (up 380)
  • 16,525 in North Lincolnshire (up 89)
  • 19,816 in North East Lincolnshire (up 78)

2,308 deaths (up one)

  • 1,688 from Lincolnshire (up one)
  • 316 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 304 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,386 hospital deaths (up two)

  • 849 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (no change)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 492 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (up two)

7,312,683 UK cases, 134,647 deaths

DATA SOURCE — FIGURES CORRECT AT THE TIME OF THE LATEST UPDATE. POSTCODE DATA INCLUDES DEATHS NOT IN HEALTHCARE FACILITIES OR IN HOSPITALS OUTSIDE AUTHORITY BOUNDARIES.

Health bosses in Lincolnshire have confirmed 12 to 15-year-olds across the county will be given the COVID-19 vaccine at school.

It comes after yesterday’s announcement, by the UK’s Chief Medical Officers, that healthy children aged 12 to 15 should be offered one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

A spokesperson for NHS Lincolnshire said: “We continue to prepare for the imminent rollout across Lincolnshire, which will be delivered in schools by our Schools Aged Immunisation Service.

“Those being home schooled or excluded will receive confirmation of how to access vaccinations shortly.

“We are liaising closely with the education department at Lincolnshire County Council to ensure we minimise disruption to education.”

The COVID vaccination programme will be managed separately to the flu vaccination programme, and the consent processes will also be separate.

The spokesperson said: “Any parent that has offered consent for the flu vaccination can be assured that this consent is not applicable nor will be used to vaccinate their child with the COVID vaccine.”

Parents, guardians or carers will shortly be contacted and advised how to give consent for their child to receive the COVID vaccine.

Parents are urged not to contact their child’s school or the NHS – once children become eligible, the NHS will get in touch.

Meanwhile the local NHS is also preparing to offer COVID booster jabs from next week.

A spokesperson said: “We are currently awaiting the NHS operating guidance that will outline who will be eligible for a booster vaccination, as well as the legal framework to allow administration of the vaccines.

“We will be following JCVI guidance in relation to eligibility and the optimum window for vaccination.”

The Pfizer vaccination will be the main vaccine used as the booster, irrespective of whether you were previously vaccinated with Pfizer or AstraZeneca, and should be given at least six months after the your second dose, with the optimum window being between six and nine months.

People will be contacted by the NHS when they are eligible, and should not get in touch before then.

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