Residents in Oxfordshire are being asked to continue to get tested twice a week and get vaccinated when offered after COVID cases rose from 8.4 per 100,000 of the population to 48 cases per 100,000 over a two-week period (21 May – 4 June ).
With government announcements on the next stage of the national roadmap due to be announced on Monday 14 June, people are being reminded of the importance of taking precautions to protect themselves, their families, friends and wider communities from the virus.
Ansaf Azhar, Director for Public Health at Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The way to protect yourself and your family is to get the jab when called, get tested often and remember the basics of hands, space, face and fresh air.
“It was great news this week that over 25s can now be vaccinated and we urge people in that age group to book their first jab as soon as possible. There’s also good news in that hospital admissions and deaths have not yet shown an increase despite increasing cases. However, the more we can contain the virus and limit transmission, the better chance we give the vaccine to continue doing the great job that it is doing.
“Cases both locally and nationally are rising quite sharply and we need to continue to do all we can to contain that rise. In effect, we are in a big partnership – the vaccine is a very strong new partner in the battle against the virus, but the other parts of the partnership are the trusted duo of our own behaviours and testing.
“A six-fold increase in cases in the space of a fortnight is a clear reminder that we should all go about our daily lives with due caution. We’re in June now and the weather is often fine and warm. It therefore makes sense for people to choose to mix outdoors even though the rules say that limited indoor mixing is now possible.
“The vaccine is doing a great job, but we need to do our bit too and ensure we’re doing everything possible to stop the spread. It’s also worth also reminding people that the first dose of the vaccine will only give good protection 3 or 4 weeks after you’ve had it, while you need two doses for stronger and longer-lasting protection.”
Cases across Oxfordshire’s districts overall rose from 147 (week-ending May 28) to 332 (week-ending) June 4. In South Oxfordshire there were 68.3 cases per 100,000 and in Henley there 7 cases up to 5 June up from 0-4 last week.