Covid-19 Vaccination and Testing Update – June 18


Testing and Vaccine Updates – June 16.

Cheshire & Merseyside Gets Additional Support to Contain Delta Variant.

Additional support including surge testing, tracing, isolation support and maximising vaccine uptake, will be rapidly deployed in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The Enhanced Support Package (ESP), announced by the Department of Health and Social Care on June 14, aims to suppress the spread of the Delta variant, and break the chain of transmission.

Further support for Cheshire and Merseyside follows extensive COVID-19 surveillance which has detected a number of cases of the Delta (B1.617.2) variant in all of the nine Local Authority areas in the sub-region.

The additional support is the same package opened-up to Greater Manchester and Lancashire & South Cumbria last week. Bolton is another area which has benefitted from this increased support recently and has since seen a decrease in cases.

Testing, isolation, and continued vaccination roll-out will help suppress and control the spread of the virus and variants in both the short and longer term. These measures are especially effective when used in combination with people following existing guidance such as hands, face, space and fresh air.

As part of the enhanced support package, extra guidance will be set out on steps people can take, such as minimising travel in and out of the affected areas.

Introduction of this additional support will be led by local authorities to ensure the right steps are taken at the right time. Support available to local areas includes:

  • Additional resources to help local authorities with testing, logistics, planning and workforce to assist with testing, door-to-door visits to engage with residents and other activities. These may come from the Surge Rapid Response Teams, from military aid or other sources depending on requirements.
  • wastewater testing samples being prioritised for sequencing.
  • specialist communications support to increase awareness and focus engagement with disadvantaged groups.
  • maximising vaccine uptake by expanding existing channels, developing new capacity and increasing local and targeted communications to reach different communities.
  • supervised in-school testing and discretion to reintroduce face coverings in indoor communal areas and classrooms in schools if they and directors of public health decide it is appropriate.
  • surge testing and enhanced contact tracing; and
  • enhanced monitoring (genomic sequencing, genotype assay testing).

The Delta variant is now the dominant strain across the UK, with cases continuing to rise in Cheshire and Merseyside. People in these areas can help protect their community by remaining cautious, by working from home if possible and remembering to practise hands, face, space and fresh air.

Getting the vaccine gives a strong level of protection against this variant and everyone is strongly recommended to get both jabs when invited by the NHS. People are also urged to get regularly tested to protect them, their loved ones and everyone in the community.

Director of Vaccination and Testing for the Cheshire and Merseyside HCP, Jayne Wood, said: “We are at another very important time in the fight against Covid-19 where we are looking to dampen-down the spread of the Delta variant.

“The additional support from the enhanced package means that we will have more opportunities to both test and vaccinate eligible people and reduce the spread of the virus.

“We are working with our colleagues across Cheshire and Merseyside to make the most of this additional national support, but the most important people in the fight against Covid-19 is the people in our communities. Please do look after each other, get the basics right and help us all stay safe.”



As of June 16, approximately 2.906 million vaccine doses had been delivered across Cheshire and Merseyside. This means more than 89% of 80-year-olds and above have now had both doses of the vaccine and 90% of those aged 60-64 have had their first dose. More than 94% of 65–69-year-olds have had their first jab and 84% of 50–54-year-olds. In the younger cohorts, around 75% of 40–49-year-olds and 51% of 30-39-year-olds have also had their first dose.

All adults aged 18 and above are now invited to come forward for their first dose of the vaccine, following the announcement by the Prime Minister on Monday.


Roadmap Extended to Increase Vaccination Uptake

With the delay to the June 21 opening up of restrictions, there is a greater drive to vaccinate as many people as possible across Cheshire and Merseyside.

The Prime Minister announced that by July 19, the entire country will aim to have double jabbed around two thirds of the adult population including everyone over 50, all the vulnerable, all the frontline health and care workers and everyone over 40 who received their first dose by mid-May.

This includes the acceleration of second jabs for those over 40 – in the same way as for vulnerable groups – so they get maximum protection as fast as possible.

Concerns about the Delta variant which is now spreading faster than the third wave predicted in the February roadmap. Nationally cases are growing by about 64 per cent per week, and in some parts of Cheshire and Merseyside, that figure is much higher.

The average number of people being admitted to hospital in England has increased by 50 per cent week on week, and by 61 per cent in the North West.

The Cheshire and Merseyside HCP Covid Response Team continues to work with all partners to ensure that both testing and vaccines are accessible for all eligible, with targeted response in outbreak areas for the Delta variant. We would like to thank everyone involved, especially the public, for playing their part in the fight against Covid-19.


Covid Cases

The number of cases per 100k stands at 102.2 as an average for Cheshire and Merseyside for the last seven days (as of June 10) – a rise from just 10.09 per 100k on May 26. Across the nine Places the lowest in prevalence in Cheshire and Merseyside is St Helens with 57.59 and the highest being Cheshire East with 134.32. The next highest is Warrington with 133.80 cases per 100k.


Local Authority Area



Prevalence in last 7 days per 100k (June 10)

Cheshire East 134.32
Warrington 133.80
Liverpool 111.64
Cheshire West and Chester 111.06
Sefton 104.92
Knowsley 75.57
Wirral 68.82
Halton 63.36
St Helens 57.59


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