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Covid Update: Second Vaccinations Accelerate

Published on: 6 Apr, 2021
Updated on: 10 Apr, 2021

There is at least a seven day lag time between the numbers shown and the current situation.

The rate of second vaccinations has taken off in the Surrey Heartlands NHS area while the infection rate in Guildford borough and across Surrey continues to fall. Within Surrey, only Waverley borough had a lower infection rate in the period reported.

Concerns that a return to school would see new infections rise again appear unfounded, so far at least.

Three areas in Guildford Borough had three new Covid infections the town centre, Gomshall, Shere & Albury, and Burpham North and East Merrow. There were 18 cases in Guildford Borough overall, the lowest total since September. The map shows infection rates in the Guildford area as at March 24. Source Gov.UK

It was announced on Wednesday (March 31) that the half-million mark had been reached for those who have received their first Covid-19 vaccine dose (see: Surrey Heartlands Heroes Help to Hit 500,000 Covid Vaccine Milestone). There are 840,000 adults over 16-years-old in the Surrey Heartlands area.

As announced, the NHS effort is now shifting to ensure that all those in the older groups who have already received their first dose receive their second within 12 weeks or earlier.

Warnings have been given that the overall vaccination rate is likely to fluctuate in line with vaccine supplies and the rate in the most recently reported week is significantly down from 75,000 to 54,000.

Hospital admissions, across the South East, and Covid-related deaths in Guildford remain low. Both are critical measurements in the fight against the pandemic. There was only one Covid-related death in the borough where Covid was mentioned on the death certificate and none within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

Even if infection numbers do increase again, if admissions and deaths do not rise because of the vaccination programme it will be regarded as a success.

For more Covid statistics see: Local Covid-19 Stats



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