LB Hounslow urges residents to get Covid-19 booster as cases rise

Image above: a vaccination; library image 

Seven percent rise in cases over the last week

LB Hounslow is urging borough residents to get a Covid-19 booster vaccination after official figures revealed a seven percent increase in the virus over the past week in the borough.

As winter approaches and pressures on local health services continue to mount, Hounslow Councils lead member for health stressed on Monday (26 October) the need for everyone to get their booster jabs.

Figures released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) this week show there were 158 new positive cases compared with 146 for the previous week.

The NHS say the risk of both Covid and flu this winter are severe and best way to guard against them is to be vaccinated. The Council and its partners are urging residents to double up their protection by getting their winter flu vaccines as well.

Research has shown people who are ill with flu and Covid-19 at the same can become seriously ill.

The number of groups who can get their Covid-19 booster for free has expanded and now includes the over 50s.

Above: Clayponds Community Centre in Ealing – one of LB Hounslow’s vaccination sites

Where can you get your booster?

There are plenty of venues across the borough, including GP surgeries and pharmacies, where residents can get boosters.

The closest local vaccination site to much of Chiswick is Clayponds Community Centre at 168 Clayponds Gardens in Ealing, W5 4RQ.

Clayponds Community Centre offers walk-in vaccinations on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays between 9.00am and 2.00pm. On Saturdays – it’s between 4.00pm and 6.00pm.

Nationwide vaccine eligibility criteria still applies for walk-ins. You can check if you are eligible for a vaccine and book online via the NHS National Booking System or call 119. Alternatively you can contact the site directly on 07379 937600.

You can find the closest vaccination centre to where you live at nwlondonics.nhs.uk

A list of all the local vaccination sites in Hounslow can be found on hounslow.gov.uk

Help slow the spread of infection by getting vaccinated, says council

Image: Cllr Samia Chaudhary 

Reacting to the latest figures, Hounslow Councils Cabinet Member for Adults and Health Integration, Councillor Samia Chaudhary, said:

This winter, we are facing a lot of pressures around our health services and the cost of living crisis.

“We all need to do everything we can to support these vital services by taking responsibility for our health and getting the protection from these viruses we need.”

When you get your booster and vaccines, you are not only protecting yourself, you are helping to keep your family, friends and frontline workers safe.

We are seeing a slight increase in Covid cases in our borough. Working together, we can slow the spread of the infection and make sure our borough is winter ready.”

For more information on Covid-19 boosters and flu vaccines in Hounslow, visit: hounslow.gov.uk/get-winter-ready

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