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Monday, 21 June 2021

City Council leader appeals as Nottingham ‘lagging behind’ on Covid vaccine take-up

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Nottingham City Council leader, Cllr David Mellen made the appeal in a message to residents today 7 June.

‘There’s a huge effort underway to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated against Covid – and it’s great news that from tomorrow all adults aged 25 to 29 in England who have not yet had a Covid vaccine will be able to book their first dose.

‘Over the weekend, anyone aged over 30 could simply turn up at the QMC and receive the jab – and the NHS locally is looking at creating other walk-in opportunities like this. The vaccination bus is out and about in the city and at all times, over 40s can turn up at any vaccination centre without an appointment and receive their jab.

‘Despite the efforts so far, Nottingham is unfortunately lagging behind other areas when it comes to vaccination take-up – although of course many people are now immunised. Rates are increasing and indications are that they could continue to do so. Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to help us continue move along the road map and prevent any backward step where we might see the facilities and freedoms we are enjoying now close again.

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‘Data is emerging showing that people are more at risk of the Delta variant and that the vaccine, particularly two doses, appears to continue to protect people from severe disease and ultimately our NHS.

‘Rates among children and younger adults are rising, so it is particularly important for those attending school, and those who are going out socialising, to get tested regularly. This will help to ensure they are not passing Covid on to others who may be more at risk.’