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Grab a jab before you meet up with granny

Coronavirus

11 March 2022

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'Grab a jab before you meet up with granny' is this week’s message from Northamptonshire’s interim Directors of Public Health as a further 3,486 residents test positive.

In two weeks’ time, families will be meeting up in restaurants, pubs and homes all over Northamptonshire with loved ones to celebrate Mothering Sunday. However, with COVID-19 still in circulation it’s vitally important that we do what we can to protect those we love. 

As the COVID-19 vaccination takes around two weeks to take effect, this 
weekend (or early next week) is the ideal time to get a COVID-19 jab for you or your youngsters if you’ve been putting off getting it. 

The school vaccination programme has been running since September, with second jabs offered since January. However, we are aware that some youngsters have missed out on their jabs.

If your youngster is aged 12-15 and hasn’t yet had their first, or missed out on their second, dose of the vaccination why not pop in to one of the many vaccination sites across the county? These are drop-ins, so there’s no need to book ahead. 

Vaccinating children can help stop the spread of COVID-19 to other people so it’s important to make it a priority if they’re meeting up with their grandparents in a couple of weeks' time. 

I’d like to urge anyone who has been contacted previously but has not yet booked their vaccination to please do so. You’re still eligible and can book online, call 119, or go along to a drop-in session as soon as possible.

Maybe you had one vaccination and then didn’t have a second, or haven’t yet had a booster, the doors are still very much open for you to do so.

COVID-19 remains a dangerous disease, particularly if you haven’t been fully vaccinated. Vaccination remains our best line of defence against it.
John Ashton, Interim Director of Public Health for North Northamptonshire Council

Vaccination Drop-in Sites 

Drop-in sessions available around the county without an appointment can be found online. Please check eligibility criteria before attending a drop-in session.

Fact Check

This week's data surveillance report, an analysis of the county’s recent coronavirus cases and rates over the period 28 February to 6 March 2022, shows:

  • 3,486 residents tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Of this number, 369 were reinfection cases. ‘Reinfections’ is a new measurement now appearing in the county’s weekly data surveillance report and can be defined as, ‘an infection of COVID-19 from any of the variants after 90 days from the date of the last positive test.’ 
  • Northamptonshire’s infection rate per 100,000 population is 389.2 which is statistically significantly higher than the national average (332.1). 
  • The highest rates locally are Northampton (427.4) and Kettering (412.7).
  • West Northamptonshire’s rate per 100,000 population is 417.0 similar to the Northamptonshire average but significantly higher than the national average.
  • North Northamptonshire’s rate per 100,000 population is 357.0, similar to the Northamptonshire average but significantly higher than the national average.
  • Five people died in Northamptonshire within 28 days of a positive test. 
  • Overall, more women than men tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 28 days. 
  • The age group with the most positive cases was 30-39.
  • 10-19-year-olds had the most reinfections, likely due to school environments.