More than 250 coronavirus cases were detected in Bristol in the space of seven days, according to the latest governement data. The figures - which cover the seven days to Friday, August 12 - show 266 cases were identified in that period.
That compares to 222 in South Gloucestershire and 171 in North Somerset. The data also shows that 50 patients were admitted with coronavirus at North Bristol NHS Trust in the seven days to August 14, which compares with 41 at University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust.
A total of five deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test occurred in Bristol in the seven days up to August 12. On the other hand, 78.6 per cent of people aged 12 and over have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine in Bristol, with 74.5 per cent having received the second dose.
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However, that figures drops to 58.8 per cent when looking at the booster or third dose. This comes as the NHS will become the first healthcare system in the world to use the next generation, bivalent Covid vaccine when it kickstarts the autumn booster rollout in early September.
Following the updated advice from the JCVI on Monday, the NHS has now set out plans for the next phase of the covid-19 vaccination programme. Set to start during the week of September 5, NHS staff will begin vaccinating care home residents and people who are housebound.
The National Booking Service will also open that week ahead of the wider rollout, due to start on September 12, with the NHS inviting those who are most susceptible to serious illness from covid-19 and those aged 75 and over to book an appointment from that week.
Around 26 million people across England will be eligible for an autumn booster in line with guidance set out by the JCVI. As many as 3,000 sites are expected to be part of the rollout, including GP practices and community pharmacies, with new sites joining the programme all of the time.
Rachel Pearce, director of commissioning for NHS England South West said: “As we move in to the next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme, we will be encouraging people who are eligible to get their Autumn booster vaccination, to build their immunity from Covid-19 and keep them safe this winter.
“We are vaccinating the residents in our care homes across the South West to ensure they are protected, as well as prioritising our staff that work across Health and Social Care to reduce the spread of the virus.”
Eligible individuals may be offered the flu and Covid jab at the same time, with the doses approved to be co-administered. Health and social care staff will also be eligible to get the autumn booster.
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