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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)

The former Conservative leader of West Lindsey District Council has been summoned to Lincoln Magistrates Court to face charges relating to theft, fraud and forgery.

Giles McNeill, 39, of the Chestnuts, Nettleham, was arrested in connection with fraud allegations last September.

Lincolnshire Police have now confirmed the charges relate to theft by employee, fraud by abuse of position and forgery, which allegedly happened between 2016 and 2020.

They have confirmed he will appear at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, September 30.

Councillor McNeill stepped back as Tory leader of West Lindsey District Council two weeks prior to his arrest, when it was revealed he had already been suspended by the Gainsborough Conservative Association.

He also left his role as communications manager for Gainsborough MP Sir Edward Leigh.

His resignation as leader of the authority took effect from November 2, 2020 and he was replaced by Councillor Owen Bierley, his former deputy.

West Lindsey District Council’s former leader Councillor Giles McNeill next to his then-deputy Councillor Owen Bierley. | Photo: Daniel Jaines

Councillor McNeill remained a district councillor for the Nettleham Ward.

His departure sparked accusations of secrecy by opposition leaders, who said the silence from the council on his arrest was “damaging” the authority’s reputation.

He later sparked a voting rebellion when he was present for the vote to elect as leader Councillor Bierley, and fellow Councillor Paul Howitt-Cowan as his deputy.

Councillor Howitt-Cowan, however, was also later suspended from, and later left the ruling party after it emerged he had urged residents to spy on a local house builder and accused them of plans to illegally demolish a former blacksmiths forge in Hemswell. He was replaced by Councillor Anne Welburn.

Environmental campaigners who blocked the M25 have been branded “domestic terrorists” by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Members of Insulate Britain staged several demonstrations on the London ring road on Wednesday – leading to dozens of arrests and frustrating motorists during the morning rush hour – as part of a campaign to get the government to pledge greater action on the climate emergency.

In a Tweet on Thursday, Marc Jones  said: “My personal view. If you knowingly and purposely block major roads, rail, supply of food and or utilities then you are committing a form of domestic terrorism and should be treated as such swiftly and robustly.

“Clearly we cannot continue to accept this kind of behaviour.”

Questioned further by Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Jaines, Mr Jones said he believed in “everyone’s right to protest but equally everyone’s right to go about their business too”.

“Whilst the overarching aims of environmental groups may be laudable I believe they should consider the need to take the public with them to gain wider support if they are to be successful,” he said.

“It is not acceptable that the national infrastructure of this country can be interrupted by any group for their own ends.”

Mr Jones said the police crime and sentencing bill – which is currently going through the House of Lords – would provide the police with “the tools they need to tackle the ever-changing challenges of policing including the appropriate managing of protests”.

Mr Jones said he would not dictate policing tactics to officers, but would support policing to “deliver appropriately robust action to keep our economy working and our way of life protected”.

Following the events on Wednesday, Insulate Britain said they would continue to take direct action.

It is the latest in a series of protests in recent years, some of which have seen central London areas blocked off for days at a time.

In Lincolnshire, Extinction Rebellion has actively blocked off roads, protested outside local firms, and covered cash machines outside local banks in stickers.

Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, almost half of all Lincolnshire Police-attended protests were Extinction Rebellion or climate change events.

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