Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen COVID take on quite a different pattern. Our infection rates have climbed rapidly to 154 per 100k with 305 new cases. This is in stark contrast to the rate of 12 per 100,000 we experienced in mid-May. This rapid increase is caused by the Delta variant which is predominantly spreading amongst the younger people specifically in the 11-18 age group.
Hospital numbers, thankfully, have not increased at the same rate showing how good getting a vaccine is at protecting against severe reactions to the disease and hospitalisation. This is great news but we are still in a race to get all adults vaccinated to protect those who are vulnerable or have only had one dose of the vaccine.
Our best defence against COVID is for everyone aged 18 and over to get two doses. So far over 15,487 of our 18-29 year olds in the borough have had their first dose. If you're in this age group please join them and the other 128,729 adults who’ve been vaccinated locally so far. You can also download a free NHS App which will give you a record of your vaccination which you can use as proof if you ever need this for travel or for any other reason.
Alongside the NHS and our local Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group we are doing all we can to accelerate the vaccination programme over the coming weeks. We have walk-in vaccine centres being set up across the region on a daily basis.
Our first one is at Chelmsley Wood Primary Care Centre, 16 Crabtree Drive, B375BU, on Friday 2 July from 9am until 5pm, where they will be offering the Pfizer vaccine which means anyone aged 18 or over can attend.
You can also find other walk-in vaccination sites here.
And even if you are vaccinated, please make getting a regular test part of your weekly routine. We have testing centres in Chelmsley Wood and Solihull town centres, you can walk in and get tested or take away a test to do at home.
Don’t be the person to spread the Delta variant to your family and friends, a simple test will help you protect the ones you love and make your community safer.
If you do test positive and a PCR test confirms it, we can offer financial support when you self-isolate. We have increased the threshold on the scheme so that you can access funds if you earn up to £26,000. We can also provide other help and support; you can find out more here.
Director of Public Health
Below are useful links to find out where you can get a vaccine, how to book, and how to get a test.
- Birmingham & Solihull NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service – Birmingham & Solihull NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service (birminghamandsolihullcovidvaccine.nhs.uk)
- The NHS is also contacting people to bring forward second vaccination appointments, or rebook yourself on the National Booking Service.
- Access tests at our community test sites in Chelmlsey Wood, next to the bus interchange, or Solihull High Street next to Halifax Bank.
- There are options to suit everyone – walk in and ask for an assisted test, collect a kit to test at home, order online for free home delivery or pick up a pack from participating local pharmacies.
- If you should get a positive rapid test result it’s vital to get a confirmatory PCR test within 48 hours. Check the Covid-19 mobile testing unit timetable or book via the national PCR test booking system.
- To remind people as ever - if you do get COVID, (a high temperature, a new continuous cough or you’ve lost your sense of smell or taste or it’s changed), you must self-isolate and get a PCR test immediately as you can spread the virus if you do not self-isolate.