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Stern reminder that COVID-19 continues to play havoc with people’s lives

19 October 2021

As COVID-19 cases continue to rocket across London – including in Richmond upon Thames - local people are reminded not to underestimate the damaging impact that coronavirus could still have over the next few months. 

Locally, Richmond has some of the highest case numbers in London – with a current incident rate of 396 per 100,000 head of population for the last 7 days (up to 17 October 2021). This is now higher than the London average of 227 per 100,000, and lower than England average of 414 per 100,000.

Currently the highest proportion of positive COVID-19 cases in Richmond can be seen in the younger aged population (11-16 year olds), many are yet to be vaccinated. Most of the cases are linked to outbreaks in schools and in education settings.    

The result of this increase is a disruption to learning for the rising number of young people who test positive and are not able to be physically in school.

The Coronavirus vaccinations could help reduce some of this disruption, with healthy children aged 12 to 15 now being offered a single dose of the vaccine to give them the best protection against COVID-19. Some children are being offered two vaccines if they either live with someone who is more likely to get infections, or they have a condition that means they are at high risk from COVID-19.

If your child is invited to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at school, we urge you to have a conversation encouraging them to take up the vaccine. If they have already missed the vaccination they will be offered it again at a later date with walk-in clinics being made available in the coming weeks ahead.

View further information about the vaccine rollout for 12-15 year olds.

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"I do feel that the country has become a tad complacent over the past few months. And with nearly all restrictions now gone, schools have gone back and the vaccine programme continuing, some might say that we have confined COVID-19 to history.

"In short that is wrong. COVID-19 is still here. It is still deadly. And it can still play havoc with our economy, our children’s education, and our long-term health. We must not be complacent.

"It is important for everyone to play their part and help keep our communities safe. There are three steps to a safer way of living. They are simple:

  • Remember hands, face, space and fresh air.
  • Take a rapid test regularly and stop the spread of infection to others unknowingly.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can, make sure you have your second dose (and your booster if eligible). If you have children aged 12 or over – please encourage them to have the jab.

"I know that some people on social media will say I am a broken record, and it is time to move on. Well – it isn’t time. I will stop when COVID-19 stops being a live threat to our lives.”

Notes to editors:

Currently, 73% of Richmond’s residents have received dose 1 of their vaccinations, while 68% received dose 2 and therefore are fully vaccinated. Richmond’s vaccination uptake for both doses is higher than London’s uptake.

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Up to: October 2021

Updated: 19 October 2021