The latest on the local Covid-19 vaccine rollout

The number of people who have received a first Covid-19 vaccine dose in Tameside and Glossop has passed the 50,000 mark. 

Tameside Council and NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group say 50,687 people had been given a jab locally up to last Thursday (11 February). 

"A huge thank you to all those involved in the vaccination programme and those getting their vaccines," they said. 

It comes after they said last week that everyone in the top four priority groups as determined by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) - every care home resident and staff members, the over 70s and defined clinically extremely vulnerable individuals - had all been offered a vaccine ahead of the government's self-imposed deadline of Monday (15 February).

Issuing an update on the rollout, they added that approximately 90 per cent of over-80s have been vaccinated, as well as over 89 per cent of over 75-79s, over 87 per cent of 70-74s and over 79 per cent of people defined as clinically extremely vulnerable. 

As the rapid rollout continues locally, over 53 per cent of 65-69s - the fifth priority group - have already been vaccinated too. 

They also say all adult care home staff and residents, and housebound over 70s, who were able to and consented have now been vaccinated too. 

There are five vaccine sites currently in operation - in Hyde, Ashton, Glossop, Denton and Stalybridge. 

It’s anticipated that by the end of April all of the first phase priority groups 1 to 9, which includes all over 50s and adults aged 18-65 in an at-risk group, will have been vaccinated in Tameside and Glossop - dependent on vaccine delivery.

In the meantime, residents are being reminded to follow the lockdown rules and obtain a test if they develop symptoms of Covid-19. 

Key workers are also being urged to use the two rapid Covid test sites in place in Tameside - at Dukinfield Town Hall and Stalybridge Civic Hall. They deliver 'rapid lateral flow tests' which give results in half an hour and help to break asymptomatic transmission of the disease.

It's particularly aimed at frontline workers including health and social care staff, taxi drivers, other transport workers, those working in manufacturing and retail, police, fire, nurseries and early years staff and carers who are unable to work from home.

A new walk-in test site for High Peak residents is set to open at the Pavillion Gardens in Buxton on Wednesday (17 February). 

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to announce a 'road map' next week for how restrictions can be eased in England, but says the plan involves 'cautious but irreversible progress'. 

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