Coronavirus update – 21 June 2022

Posted on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Continued dangers of COVID-19

Health experts are warning that COVID-19 has not gone away as a Directors of Public Health annual report reveals the impact of the virus in the city over 2020 and 2021.

Residents are reminded that the best protection from COVID-19 is by getting vaccinated and taking up the offer of a booster where available. People who are unvaccinated are about eight times more likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19 than those who have had both doses of the vaccine and the booster. It is also important to:

  • Let fresh air & ventilate indoor spaces
  • Wear a mask in crowded places
  • Stay at home if you’re feeling unwell
  • Wash your hands regularly.

Rates of the virus were similar across the city, with most wards seeing around one in six people testing positive during 2021. There have been hotspots across the city at different points during the pandemic but some of this is down to differing levels of testing by residents.

The city council has led a number of activities during the pandemic aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. These include:• Supporting care homes across the city

  • Delivery of the Community Testing Programme
  • Redeployment of staff to key areas such as testing, Adult Social Care, the vaccination, and contact tracing programmes
  • Covid Stewards made welfare visits and confirmed self-isolation, supporting vulnerable residents.

The government has removed the remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Consider wearing a face-covering in crowded, enclosed spaces.

Travelling abroad

If you’re heading abroad this summer it’s important you check the COVID-19 rules for the country you are visiting and what you have to do when you return to England.

Search the Foreign Travel page on the Government’s website for the country and make sure you understand if you need to prove your vaccine status on arrival and if you have everything you need to travel

Remember this information can change quickly so check regularly.


COVID-19 vaccine and pregnancy

If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive you may have questions about the vaccine. Watch this video of healthcare professionals answering questions on pregnancy, women’s health and the vaccine.

The NHS say: “It’s strongly recommended that you get vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect you and your baby.”

They know that you will have questions so chat to your GP or midwife as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. They’ll support you and give you all the information you need so you receive safe and personal maternity care.

Tommy’s, the pregnancy charity, has a useful information page on its site: Read The Covid-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding.


COVID-19 testing if your immune systems mean you’re at higher risk if you become infected

Immunosuppression means you have a weakened immune system due to a particular health condition or because you are on medication or treatment that is suppressing your immune system. People who are immunosuppressed, or have specific other medical conditions, may have a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases, including COVID-19.

Visit gov.uk for the latest information on treatments and testing if you have a weakened immune system.

Who can get a free NHS COVID-19 test

There are a small number of people who will still be able to get free COVID-19 tests from the NHS. If you have a health condition which means you’re eligible for COVID-19 treatments, you should be sent a COVID-19 test to use if you have symptoms.

You can order free NHS tests yourself if you have not received any tests yet or have used the tests you’ve been sent.

If you’re unvaccinated, you’re about 8 times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 than if you’ve had both doses of the vaccine and the booster. Get vaccinated now.

Vaccines are still our best defence against Covid-19 and they are available for everyone aged five and above.

  • Everyone aged 5 and over can get a 1st and 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.
  • People aged 16 and over, and some children aged 12 to 15, can also get a booster dose.
  • To book your vaccine or check your closest vaccination site  visit: Vaccinations for Coronavirus or call 119

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