300,000 doses of vaccine have now been administered to Doncaster residents

Doncaster health boss shares the good news that a massive 300,000 doses of the various Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to Doncaster residents but 10 cases of the Indian variant have been identified in the town.

Saturday, 29th May 2021, 7:43 am

In his weekly update, Dr Rupert Suckling the town’s Director of Public Health said: “Our rate of infection has been up and down over the last week but currently stands at 36.6 per 100,000 for the period 16- 22 May.

“We expected to see some fluctuation as we’re allowed to mix together more, but the last week shows how important it is for us all to continue to stick to the guidance in place and the basics of hands, face and space to try and keep that rate as low as possible.

"Hospital admissions do remain low however, and we’re really starting to see the impact of the vaccines. We’ve looked at our latest data and by early May, of the 128,000 first doses of vaccination administered in Doncaster only 261 people subsequently went on to test positive for Covid.

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Dr Rupert Suckling

“When we exclude those who had a positive test within two weeks of their vaccine, so before it is effective, only 126 people tested positive; of those only three needed hospital treatment.

“This shows that only 1 in 1000 people who have had their Covid vaccine have tested positive and goes to show that getting vaccinated makes a real difference. Not only does it help prevent you getting Covid but if you are unfortunately enough to get Covid, it’s likely to be a much less severe illness.

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Cases of the Indian variant of Covid-19 recorded in Doncaster

“I’m pleased to say that Doncaster CCG yesterday confirmed that 300,000 doses of Covid vaccine have now been administered to Doncaster residents (1st and second doses combined) – a fantastic achievement!

“I can also confirm that we are aware of some cases of the variant of Covid that originated in India within Doncaster. We had expected this to happen and the Public Health team is managing the situation with those individuals.

“All of those identified have been advised to self-isolate; we continue to monitor the situation closely but none of those people have so far required hospital treatment. It’s also worth noting that from yesterday, Public Health England will be publishing variant of concern figures for each local authority to provide a more accurate picture of the situation locally. Our number stands at 10.”

Dr Suckling advises people to continue to get vaccinated as soon as eligible.

“I’m sure many will have plans this bank holiday weekend and the good news is the weather forecast looks much better than it has done for much of the last month,” he contiued.

“ I’d encourage everyone to consider the risks of whatever you’re doing and make safer choices – remember outside is always best if possible when meeting up with others.

“The UEFA Euro 2020 championships start mid-June with some England friendly games before hand next week, again I would ask you to enjoy the games safely whether out in Doncaster or at home and remember the rules on household mixing.

“Thanks for all you're support so far, I let's keep making safer choices and let’s keep doing this for Doncaster.

“Making safer choices can help keep our rates low.”

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