Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin

Priority Covid-19 Information (13th August)

Key points

  1. Local update in Tower Hamlets:
    • 200,658 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose.
    • 137,368 residents ​have had their second dose administered.
  1. Covid-19 weekly incidence rate is declining: Whilst the rates of people in Tower Hamlets testing positive for Covid-19 remain higher than London and England, this rate is starting to decline – which is good news! However, the numbers of people testing positive are still above 250 per 100,000 people, so we are still rated as MAROON RED – which is the bad news. The best ways to protect yourself and others are: 

Book your vaccine here, and make sure you follow Covid-19 safety guidelines.

  1. Booster jabs from September:Although the final details have not been confirmed, Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, confirmed this week that he expected this year’s vaccine booster programme to start “in early September”. Here is what we know so far:
    • Booster jabs will start in September and will happen in two stages
    • The most vulnerable & elderly residents will be offered their jab first
    • The booster jab needs to be six months after someone’s second Covid-19 jab
    • Booster jabs provide longer lasting protection and protection against Covid-19 variants
    • We are still waiting on guidance to be published around flu and booster jabs being given at the same time
    • Discussions are taking place with GPs, pharmacies and community venues to agree where booster jabs will be available locally
    • More information will be available to share in the coming weeks
  2. New interactive map:Tower Hamlets Council have created a new interactive map on their website which shows your nearest vaccination clinic, and the details to book. Remember, if you have any questions about Covid-19 vaccinations, they also have a dedicated helpline you can call 020 7364 3030 (Monday – Friday, 9am-5pm).