An update from Prof Kate Ardern - September 2021

An update from Prof Kate Ardern - September 2021

Recently, the Covid-19 vaccine was made available to those aged 16 and 17 years old.

Already in Wigan Borough, we’ve had a fantastic take up so I would like to say thank you to all our young people who have come forward so far.

However, more than half of our 16- and 17-year-olds still need to be vaccinated, so I urge parents to have open and frank conversations with their children about the risks associated with not getting their jabs in order for them to make informed decisions.

Walk in clinics continue to be open across the borough for anyone who has not been vaccinated yet so although we’re focusing on younger age groups at the moment, nobody has missed their chance to be protected.

Once you’ve received the vaccine, you can access your Covid-19 pass on the NHS app, which you or your child may need show if travelling or attending events like a concert or festival.

The pass is proof of your vaccination status so please be sure to download the app so you can access your pass at any time.

Though our rates remained extremely high, we had seen a decrease in recent months, however, since the lifting of legal restrictions in July, this trend has plateaued somewhat.

Our situation therefore remains volatile and unpredictable. Though the vaccination protects us from serious illness upon catching the virus, the only way we can actually drive our numbers down is through continuing to follow public health measures such as: frequently washing our hands, watching our distance and ensuring good ventilation indoors.

We also encourage people to continue wearing face coverings, particularly in enclosed spaces and on public transport.

Wearing a face covering protects the people around you, which is vital because we can’t always clearly tell who is vulnerable or more susceptible to Covid-19. If we all wear a face covering, we can all be better protected.

I’m hosting another live Q&A session on Facebook this Thursday at 6pm.

I hold the sessions fortnightly on the Wigan Council Facebook page and they’re only 30 minutes long so please do tune in if you can. I’ve really enjoyed answering your questions and will continue to clarify guidance and provide advice where I can. I look forward to speaking to you then but in the meantime, please take care of yourselves and stay safe.

Posted on Thursday 2nd September 2021

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