The Leader of Fylde Borough Council is asking people to ensure they are vaccinated and that they keep testing as the UK moves towards the final step in the roadmap to ending lockdown.
With an influx of visitors expected to the Fylde during the half term holidays and into the summer, Cllr Karen Buckley said it was very important that people continued to follow the Government guidance to ensure that Covid-19 is stopped in its tracks.
In Lancashire, people over the age of 18 who meet the relevant criteria can now book a vaccine and local appointments are available at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. Visit the Healthier and Lancashire and Cumbria website for more information www.healthierlsc.co.uk
The Government has also brought forward the timing of the second vaccine – people can now have their second dose eight weeks after their first instead of 12.
More than 78 per cent of people across the Fylde have received their first vaccine and more than 55 per cent now fully vaccinated – although people can still spread the virus even if they have been vaccinated.
There is a huge range of Covid-19 testing options in Fylde. There are five dedicated testing sites available for those with symptoms or who are feeling generally unwell.
There are four centres for regular weekly testing and a wide range of locations including pharmacies distributing packs of lateral flow tests so people can test twice weekly from home.
Cllr Buckley said: “Time and time again the people of Fylde have come together to drive rates of infection down and I am sure that as we progress through the next few weeks, they will show the same spirit once again.
“In the last few weeks, there has been a rise in the infection rate and we must be diligent to ensure we keep Fylde safe.
“We are seeing some cases in younger people, who often don’t show symptoms but can easily spread infection in schools and when meeting friends and family.
“I urge everyone to take advantage of the many testing facilities available, make sure they are vaccinated and continue to think hands, face, space and ventilation.
“Anyone over the age of 18 who is living, caring or working with someone with underlying health conditions is eligible for the vaccine so please go and get the jab if this applies to you.
“We are looking forward to seeing people enjoying themselves once again and we have supported businesses as they reopen and welcome people back. Please visit our website for more information.”
For full information on routes to testing in Fylde please visit: https://new.fylde.gov.uk/routes-to-testing-in-fylde/
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