Media Roundup 28th January – 11th February

Cheshire’s vaccine roll-out strong start clears major hurdle

Northwich Guardian, 30th January – As of January 21, only eight per cent of Cheshire and Merseyside residents had had their first dose of the jab — with the inaugural inoculation coming on December 8 in our region. This week, it was revealed by NHS chiefs that, despite having a long way to go, it’s completed the first major hurdle in protecting Cheshire against coronavirus.

In short, it has offered a first dose to everyone in Cheshire who is in ‘group one’ of the government’s priority list — ‘residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults’.

What is the Covid situation in Cheshire as February begins?

Northwich Guardian, 1st February – Cheshire East’s infection rate is now at its lowest level since December 20, at 206.4 per 100,000 people, compared to 300.1 per 100,000 people one week ago.

Meanwhile, Cheshire West’s infection rate is now at its lowest level since December 26, at 299.4 per 100,000 people compared to 388.3 per 100,000 people one week ago.

Both boroughs saw their infection rates peak in the seven days up to January 4, when Cheshire East’s rate was 497.7 per 100,000 people and Cheshire West’s was 625.8 per 100,000 people.

‘Every care home resident’ in Cheshire vaccinated, says NHS

Northwich Guardian, 28th January – Every ‘care home resident’ and care home staff member in Cheshire has been offered their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.

That’s according to Clare Watson, who is the Accountable Officer for the NHS organisation organising the county’s vaccination programme.

She said the feat had been achieved last Sunday (January 24) in an appearance at Cheshire West council’s Covid-19 Outbreak Board.

Merseyside’s top four priority groups to have vaccine by middle of next month

Liverpool Echo, 1st February – Liverpool’s covid vaccination programme is progressing well, with health chiefs confident that a first vaccine will have been offered to everyone in the city’s top four priority groups by the middle of this month.

Over 75% of people aged over 80 in Liverpool have now had their first jab and every older person’s care home in the city has been visited by those administering vaccines against the virus.

As the NHS continues to roll-out Covid-19 vaccinations for those in the first four priority groups, the number of vaccination centres in Liverpool communities is being expanded to boost access for the city’s most vulnerable people.

Volunteers at St Helens vaccine centre praised for incredible work during pandemic

St Helens Star, 1st February – This article shines a spotlight on some of the volunteers and support staff at the mass vaccination centre at Saints’ Totally Wicked Stadium.

Merseyside’s Revitalise urges Government to prioritise Britain’s home carers for COVID-19 vaccine

In YourArea, 4th February – A national charity providing respite care, with a centre in Southport, has issued a plea to the Government to prioritise the vaccination of Britain’s army of home carers or risk the NHS becoming overwhelmed if they catch COVID-19.

NHS leaders call for help to shape services in Southport and Ormskirk

In YourArea, 3rd February – Health leaders are inviting people to share their views and experiences of local healthcare by getting involved with Shaping Care Together, a programme of work designed to improve hospital services.