Thank you will look at that.I'm not sure how long any data on variant prevalence in Bolton has been available.
Informative thread here from a PHE scientist quotes 7-21 days lag on sequencing data.
So it might genuinely be hot off the press that it's associated with the Indian variant.
When you try to book, if you’re under 40, you won’t be able to book into a slot offering AZ. The only exceptions will be for older men who are overweight and are either unwilling to travel or want it quicker, as they’re more concerned about the effects of Covid than the very, very rare side effect of taking the vaccine.Curious how this 'u40s should be offered an alternative to AZ' thing is going to work practically speaking. As far as I'm aware, I thought pretty much every place only had one type of vaccine at hand, so is it even possible to offer an alternative? Will they suddenly start stocking two at most vaccine sites? Or will it be clear when booking which one will be available so u40s can choose based on this recommendation? Not complaining, just genuinely curious.
I apologise then if so as I was certainly not making any attempt to insult young people.Actually I am aged 56 , but I still find your comments about young people pretty appalling.
The good (ish) news on this new variant which it seems IS responsible for why the North West has risen in cases in the past week or two with clusters in areas - with people that have families back in India it seems too - is that the evidence as yet is that the most vulnerable are still surviving it and most do not even get sick enough to need hospital and hardly any seem to have died even with it being a factor.
The vaccinations appear to work even against this super spreader - if not to stop you catching it then to do the job they are really meant to do - stop it being deadly.
Couple that with the fact that now 70% of those testing positive are under 40 and these are more often now the ones getting sick and being hospitalised (though with lower risk of death because of lack of comorbidities) THIS is the area they now have to address and drive up vaccinations in those younger ages.
The moves in recent weeks emphasising this all look to me to have been groundwork preparing for this change of tack
Todays press conference by the medics was clearly aimed at getting younger people to be vaccinated as they are now the real problem.
Ironically they are the most desperate for a return to normality but by not taking up the vaccines they are the ones putting that opening up at risk. This is the message we need to get across to those who on balance think it safer not to 'risk' a vaccine versus the 'chance' of catching Covid but not really suffering if they do, They need to see that will not save a normal Summer if cases spike and drive up NHS admissions.
We need young people who have had it to be mobilised and an urgent public messaging campaign to get their peers to think again using those in their age group who have had Covid and can warn it can be a lot worse than getting a jab.
This is Hyndburn really - Accrington - which has had outbreaks and spikes right through the pandemic.
I know and have not said otherwise. See my post above.Please stop saying the vaccines need to be driven up in under 40s and a campaign to make them take it is needed. It has not been offered so of course this was always going to be the case if the vaccines turned out to work.
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