Posted on Monday 25th January 2021
People in Staffordshire are being reminded not to become Covid-complacent – as cases remain high and a new mass vaccination centre opens to serve the north of the county.
Staffordshire and Stoke have passed the 100,000 people vaccinated mark and the new centre in Tunstall can vaccinate six people every five minutes. The Covid rate for Staffordshire has fallen but remains close to 400 per 100,000 population per week.
Dr Johnny McMahon, Staffordshire County Councils Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing, said:
“It’s a testament to a lot of hard work that we have reached this vaccination milestone.
“However, cases remain high and there is still enormous pressure on the NHS both locally and nationally.
“Now is not the time to give in to temptation – please continue to follow the rules and stay at home.
“If you do need to leave the house, for essential shopping or because you cannot work from home then please get tested, especially if you live in one of the hotspot areas where cases are very high.”
There is a community test centre in each district or borough open seven days a week, all with good availability. There are also pop-up testing centres at various locations providing additional opportunities for residents to get a rapid test.
Testing is simple, free and you should get your results in around 30 minutes.
Tests should be booked in advance at Welcome to the Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Community Test Sites Appointment System (zipporah.co.uk) People with symptoms or those who have been asked to self-isolate as a close contact of a Covid case should not attend.