Local health leaders urge residents to get vaccinated, as COVID cases rise locally
LOCAL health leaders, Anne Murray, Chief Nurse and Dr Sarah Whiteman, a GP from Milton Keynes and Clinical Chair of the Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group, have joined together to urge local residents to get vaccinated and protect themselves from COVID-19, after 157 people were admitted to local hospitals with the virus in just 24 hours.
Nationally, COVID cases have started to rise, and this has led to an increase of 12% in the number of people being admitted to hospital. The East of England and South East are reporting the highest increases in the country.
Dr Sarah Whiteman, Clinical Chair of NHS Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group said: “The increase in infections in people over 60 and the sharp increase in hospital admissions in just 24 hours is cause for concern because of the impact it will have on our local population, their lives and their jobs. Rising infections could also impact health services because people are unable to access the treatment they need.
“The number of COVID infections are on the rise in our area and public health has noted an increasing number of people over 60 becoming infected. Previously the Omicron variant had been more prevalent in younger people and school age children, which resulted in the number of hospital admissions starting the fall in recent weeks.”
Anne Murray, Chief Nurse of the Clinical Commissioning Group added: “With restrictions lifting, it is easy to think that the virus has gone, but sadly that is not the case. Vaccination has helped to reduce the number of admissions to hospital in the last year, but we’re now seeing fewer people come forward for vaccinations and COVID cases rising locally. This has the potential to put pressure on the NHS, just as we’re starting to recover services once more and see people for more routine appointments.
“We are urging everyone to protect themselves by getting a COVID-19 vaccination, which will stop them from developing serious illness from the infection. We would also encourage people to follow public health advice and stay at home if they are unwell or get a COVID-19 test.”
COVID vaccination centres are operating in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. Visit www.blmkccg.nhs.uk/drop-in for more information on how to get your COVID vaccine.