Young people aged 16 to 18 in Oxfordshire are being reminded that the COVID vaccine is available to them after a whopping 227 per cent rise in cases among 17 and 18-year-olds in the space of just a week.
The rise in cases – with 396 cases recorded in people at these two ages – has contributed to a week on week rise of 32 per cent in cases overall in the county.
Ansaf Azhar, Oxfordshire County Council’s Director of Public Health said: “Cases are now on a very substantial upward trend again in the county and the need for people to be cautious in their daily behaviour and get vaccinated remains very important.
“Notably, there’s been an exceptional increase in cases among those aged 17 and 18 over the course of just one week. We know that many young people are keen to come forward and get the vaccine as soon as possible. We urge you to look out for grab-a-jab clinics and for communication from your GP or to book through the National Booking System if you are eligible.
“While we know that most young people are less likely to suffer badly from COVID –there always remains a chance – we do know that young people can still pass it onto those in older age groups, and those at a higher risk of complications.
“Therefore, as we look towards the return of schools, colleges and universities in September, now is the perfect time to come forward and get protected against COVID and don’t forget to keep up with regular testing.”
The rise is also showing in Henley with 40 people testing positive in the last 7 days up to 20 August.