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SLOW DECLINE: Area’s COVID rates are dropping- even as capital remains case hotspot

 Published on: 15th January 2022   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Hillingdon’s COVID-19 rates continue to drop off, even as the rest of London remains a centre-point for recent infections of the virus.

Northwood’s cases per 100,00 people are as of printing at 1,838.1, just slightly behind the average for the rest of the country.

Currently, nearly 75 per cent of residents have had their first vaccine, 69 per cent have had their second and 52 per cent have had their third booster jab.

In Hillingdon as a whole, rates are dropping in the hundreds, but sadly 3 people had died in the last seven days from the illness as of January 9.

Meanwhile, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) have completed research into the effects the new booster jabs are having on protection from COVID-19.

Professor Wei Shen Lim, the JCVI’s chair of COVID-19 immunisation, said:

“The current data shows the booster dose is continuing to provide high levels of protection against severe disease, even for the most vulnerable older age groups.”

For this reason, the committee has concluded there is no immediate need to introduce a second booster dose, though this will continue to be reviewed.

“The data is highly encouraging and emphasises the value of a booster jab. With Omicron continuing to spread widely, I encourage everyone to come forward for their booster dose, or if unvaccinated, for their first 2 doses, to increase their protection against serious illness.”

They also concluded that currently there is no need for a second booster jab to the most vulnerable, though this will be reviewed as time goes on.

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