Sally Conlan, deputy nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals and leading the vaccine program in the city, advised residents who have not yet done so to get the booster jab to protect themselves and their friends. Her comments came as UK medical experts confirmed a fourth Covid vaccine jab is not yet needed because booster doses continue to provide high protection against severe disease from the Omicron variant among older adults. Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows three months after the booster dose, protection against hospitalisation remains at about 90 per cent for people aged 65 and over. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
The number of positive Omicron-related Covid cases has “sky-rocketed” according to Greg Fell, director of public health for Sheffield. The number of positive cases are in the region of 2000 per 100,000, mostly among working age adults. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
A new health campaign has been launched in Yorkshire to help reduce the risk of serious illness or being hospitalised with Covid-19. Better Health is working in partnership with a group of physical activity and weight management partners who are providing both free and discounted support offers. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Peter Kelly, regional director for public health Yorkshire and the North East.
Sheffield’s director for public health Greg Fell told Sheffield Live! that cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant are rising rapidly with a risk of more people becoming seriously ill. He urged the public to take precautions over the festive period and to take up the booster vaccination or to get vaccinated for the first time if they have not already done so. The government has announced he quarantine period for those infected has been reduced from ten to seven days. Azz Mohammed reports.
Venue managers fear more damage to business as new Covid safety restrictions come into place to combat the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Stevie Day, managing director of Fewer Than One nightclub told Sheffield Live! the venue is already in debt and could face closure without further support. Azz Mohammed reports.
With new Covid-19 restrictions set to come into force this week in a bid to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant, Sheffield Live! asked local residents for their views. From Wednesday, under the new rules, anyone visiting pubs, nightclubs, or indoor unseated venues with more than 500 people will have to show they are vaccinated against the coronavirus or provide a negative lateral flow test to be allowed in. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Following publication of the Ofsted annual report, the schools inspectorate has said nearly all children and learners have been affected by the Covid pandemic, with long-term consequences unknown. In Yorkshire the report concluded 83 per cent of primary schools were rated as good or outstanding. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Emma Ing, director of Ofsted in the North East, Yorkshire and The Humber.
Sheffield health boss, Greg Fell, told Sheffield Live! the Omicron variant is likely to spread rapidly over the next few weeks. With cases of the new variant rising, the government has introduced new restrictions including face masks in most public indoor venues other than hospitality and people being asked to work from home where possible. The new measures could be in place for at least six weeks. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Under the new Covid-19 rules anyone visiting indoor unseated nightclub venues with over five hundred people will have to show they are either vaccinated or provide a lateral flow test. The news has led to cancellations and uncertainty for venue managers. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Joe Taylor, managing director of Dryad Works.
Grounded Research, the research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, has been selected to join an international Covid-19 booster trial. The team is seeking volunteers to take part in Covid-19 vaccine booster research and are calling on members of the public in Sheffield to help them understand the impact of the booster jab on new variants. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Dr Adrian Phillipson who is leading the trial for Grounded Research.