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Preston’s and South Ribble first coronavirus infection rate using December figures as first vaccine jabs to be given during Tuesday

Posted on - 7th December, 2020 - 8:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Fylde News, Health, Politics, Preston News, Ribble Valley News, South Ribble News, Wyre News
Out walking in Avenham and Miller park at the ivy bridge Pic: Tony Worrall
Out walking in Avenham and Miller park at the ivy bridge Pic: Tony Worrall

Preston’s latest coronavirus cases have been confirmed as the government prepares to deliver the first Covid-19 vaccinations on Tuesday (8 December).

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The city saw 33 new cases of coronavirus during Monday (7 December).

South Ribble recorded 30 new cases for the same day.

In Wyre there were 11 new cases, 7 in Fylde and 14 in the Ribble Valley.

Latest infection rate analysis by the Press Association shows Preston’s Covid-19 infection rate is 191.4 cases per 100,000 people for the seven days to December 3, down from 199.8 for the seven days to November 26.

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South Ribble’s infection rate is now 153.4, down from 237.4 for the same date periods as Preston.

Wyre, Fylde and Ribble Valley are all now below the England average for coronavirus infection rate – the English average is currently 150.6.

Fylde’s Covid-19 infection rate is now 107.7, down from 157.2.

Wyre is down to 108.8, from 119.5 and Ribble Valley is 131.4, down from 182.3.

Read more: How Preston and South Ribble’s coronavirus infection rates changed during November

‘Majority’ of the vulnerable to be vaccinated by end of February

The government has outline care home staff and residents are to be vaccinated first with the Pfizer vaccine.

Around 25 million people are covered by the 10 priority categories set out by the Joint Committe on Vaccination and Immunisation.

People aged 80 and then NHS frontline workers are next in line for the jabs after those in care homes.

A spokesman for the Prime Minister said: “The majority of the vaccination of the vulnerable will be in January or February.”

This could be sped up by the Oxford vaccine or other vaccines becoming available and approved by the end of the year.

Read more: How the city’s most vulnerable can get support grants to help through the pandemic

Everyone receiving the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine jab is to receive a credit-card sized Covid-19 certificate.

These will include the type of vaccine, batch number and date given.

However, the government said these would not act like ‘immunity passports’ and were standard issue for those receiving vaccinations and would remind people to get their second dose.

Royal Preston Hospital is one of 50 vaccination hubs across the UK which will start receiving the vaccine from Tuesday (8 December).

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