Statements from Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health and Director of Public Health on the COVID-19 booster programme

Read more about the Covid programme in Hounslow

Published: Thursday, 30th September 2021

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Statement from Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health

Cllr Candice Atterton, Cabinet Member for Adults, Social Care and Health, said: “More than ever, we need to be thinking about how we can all pull together to help one another stay safe and healthy. We need to continue protecting the most vulnerable in our community and take care of our loved ones. Now that the booster phase of the vaccination programme is underway, the message from our Director of Public Health is very clear: if you have any questions about COVID-19, or need any advice, please just ask the team who are more than happy to help you and your family in any way they can.”

Statement from Hounslow’s Director of Public Health, Kelly O’Neill, on the roll out of COVID-19 booster vaccinations:

“This month the government announced a COVID-19 booster programme for adults aged 50+ and those aged 16+ who have an underlying health condition, who have already had two doses more than six months ago. I am delighted to say that the roll-out of the booster vaccinations is now well underway in our borough. This is timely as rates of covid infection are much higher than I hoped for and expected as we move towards the winter when we know we will see an increase in COVID-19 cases on top of the usual demand for health and social care that occurs every winter.

“We have begun this important phase of the vaccination programme by ensuring care home residents receive their booster jabs first and we are now supporting the NHS and the NWL CCG to deliver boosters to other eligible Hounslow residents – starting with those who are frontline health and social care workers, adults over 70 and those aged 16+ who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable.

“If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccination, I would urge you to please have it when you are contacted by the NHS. Getting vaccinated, to help create and maintain antibody levels that reduce the risk of severe COVID-19 symptoms is the single most important way to protect yourself as we all learn to live alongside COVID-19. I would also urge you to encourage your eligible family and friends to get their booster jab when they are invited too. Protecting those we love by sharing accurate and timely information is crucial and could ultimately help save lives.

“We are seeing people hospitalised for serious COVID-19 symptoms, and whilst this is not in the significant numbers of last winter pre-vaccination roll out, I cannot emphasise enough that people are still being hospitalised and dying from COVID-19; this is overwhelmingly people who are not fully vaccinated. If you’re waiting to ‘see what happens’ now is the time to think that your wait is over. Don’t be another person who wishes they’d acted before becoming infected. As a community I am asking, please consider your health and that of your family members, winter is going to be a challenging time for our health and care colleagues and let’s play our part, get your COVID-19 vaccination. Do remember it’s not just COVID-19 that will be the challenge, flu will be circulating too, and if you are eligible, get vaccinated against flu too.

“By preparing in these ways, we can all be ready for winter and the seasonal illnesses we usually experience at this time of year whilst helping to reduce demand on the NHS.

“Take care of yourself and others by visiting our website where you can see all the very latest information, including details of where booster vaccinations are being given, as well as sources of on-going support: www.hounslow.gov.uk/takecare.

“Remember: It’s not too late to get your first and or second dose COVID-19 vaccination. Simply visit: www.hounslow.gov.uk/coronavirus to find your nearest vaccination site. If you have any questions about COVID-19, we’re here to help, please just ask me or my colleagues. Email: publichealth@hounslow.gov.uk"

 

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