Agenda item

Covid-19 Update

(All wards)

 

Report authorised by: Andrew Eyres: Strategic Director for Integrated Health and Care

 

Contact for enquiries: Ruth Hutt, Director of Public Health, Adults and Health, 020 7926 7196, rhutt@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Minutes:

Ruth Hutt, Director of Public Health, introduced the report and noted that data in the slide pack had been updated since the reports pack was published and that:

·           Plan B measures were lifted on 19 January 2022. 

·           The Plan A measures included good infection control and access to vaccination and the use of antivirals, identifying cases and working with NHS and Social Care to manage pressures.

·           Plan B acted as a guide as to what would be taken forward, including ensuring vaccinations were available internationally and managing risks at the border.

·           Cases of the Omicron variant peaked in Lambeth the week before Christmas and the COVID-19 Incidence Rate exceeded both London and England.

·           While rates had fallen to 760 / 100,000, rates were still high and the school age population was experiencing rising cases.

·           Due to vaccination, the variant had not had the same impact it could have, but challenges remained for NHS, including the number of staff who had had to isolate.

·           The testing offer for targeted communities was available and cohorts were prioritised, especially those needing to test to work, as online suppliers and pharmacies restocked.

·           PCR demand increased during the variant surge, but this had since fallen due to changes in testing policy regarding confirmatory PCR tests for positive LFDs.

·           Three Mobile Testing Units operated in the borough and there was a total of six locations to receive a PCR test and these services existed to support those who needed to self-isolate or who were losing income as a result of the pandemic.

 

Andrew Eyres, Strategic Director, Integrated Health and Care provided a vaccination update and noted that:

·           The booster programme was carried out at pace with an increase from administering circa 30,000 vaccinations per week across Southeast London, to over 180,000 per week in mid-December across all Southeast London sites.

·           The Civic Centre pop up site opened in December and would stay open at weekends for vaccinations until February.

·           Vaccinating school children aged 12 – 15 had been completed during October and November 2021.

·           A second phase was planned through both schools and access to vaccinations in other community settings and during the first phase of the programme, more children had received the vaccination outside of school.

·           Lambeth had secured £485,000 funding to support community vaccine work and encourage uptake through grassroot programmes and the Covid Ambassadors Programme, as well as targeting Black community and clinicians to increase uptake.

·           Lambeth had administered a total of 650,000 vaccinations. 250,000 people had received at least one vaccination, which constituted 58% of Lambeth’s total population, while over 100,000 people remained unvaccinated.

·           The uptake programme continued to encourage residents to come forward and protect themselves and their community, and vaccines were still available.

 

Sarah Corlett commended the team for their work and Fiona Connolly noted the hard work from across the partnership to set up the vaccination programme and support residents and staff throughout the pandemic. 

 

Wendy Horler thanked Ruth Hutt for her rapid support when residents contracted the omicron variant.

 

RESOLVED:

1.      To note the report.

 

 

 

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