We hope you’re keeping safe and well.
This week we are bringing you an update on infection rates, vaccination progress, and information about three new testing sites in the city for anyone who can’t work from home.
An update on Leeds’ infection rates
The latest figures for infection rates in Leeds are currently at 107.4 per 100,000, which is a slight increase on last week. The positivity rate remains stable at 4.9%.
Whilst this increase is partly due to outbreaks in two prison settings, it’s important that we all continue to stay at home unless essential, keep our distance from those not in our household, and wear a face covering when required.
The best way to keep yourself and others safe is by acting as though you have the virus.
The vaccination work continues to progress well across Leeds, with approximately 285,000 vaccinations delivered in the city.
The NHS is currently offering the Covid-19 vaccine to people most at risk from the virus. If you fall into any one of the following groups, you may be eligible to book your vaccine through the NHS national booking system (or by calling 119). This is very straight forward and gives you lots of options for venues and times. You don’t need to wait for a letter or to be contacted by your GP.
You may be eligible if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You are aged 50 or over
- Or you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- Or you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
- Or you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- Or you have a learning disability
- Or you are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus
Once you enter your NHS number it will let you know whether you are eligible or ask you to self-certify as a carer or frontline health and social care worker. If you are unsure of your NHS number, visit: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/.
If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine – it’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
More information about the Covid-19 vaccine can be found on the NHS Leeds website.