Category: Covid-19

Covid Watch: Infection rates are reducing in Shropshire but we are not home and dry yet

Good news at last. Covid-19 infection rates are falling in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, also across England. It looks like the peak caused by the new variant and relaxing of social mixing, within the rules and in breach of the rules, has ended and rates are beginning to fall rapidly. Although the fall has been in the last week and the data are provisional, the trend is looking good. There are quite different experiences across Shropshire. The east and north side of the county has the highest rates of infection, the south west, including Ludlow, the lowest.

Covid Watch: Your questions on vaccination answered – print edition

On Saturday, we published answers to your questions on Covid-19. We have today published the print edition. We will be constantly updating both the web edition of our Q&A and the print edition as we get further advice from the expert panel. The panel is: Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. You can download the latest PDF edition here. Please keep sending your questions. We can’t promise to answer them all but we will do our best.

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (3) – Vaccination Delivery

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. Where will we get vaccinated? What are the priorities for vaccination? When will I get vaccinated and why are other areas getting vaccinations first? How will I be contacted when my vaccination is due? Which type of vaccination will be offered and will I have a choice? How long will it take for me to be immune from Covid-19 after the vaccination? I am a retired health professional. Can I help with the vaccine rollout? Can I help even in other ways? This article is the third in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (2) – Vaccination Basics

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. If we are given the first dose with one vaccine and the second with the other, how might this alter the effectiveness of vaccination? Why is the second dose being delayed and do we have to have it? Why are individuals not first screened for pre-existing immunity with an antibody test before being offered the vaccine? Should people who have had Covid-19 still have a vaccination? Must I have a vaccination if it is offered, especially if everyone else I know is vaccinated? What are the risks or restrictions for people who have significant allergies or a fever? I have an autoimmune condition. I am taking immunosuppressants. Can I still be vaccinated? What are the side effects of vaccination? This article is the second in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (1) –The Virus and the Vaccines

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. Can you tell us about the vaccines and virus? Is the new variant of Covid-19 here in Shropshire and, if so, what impact will it have? Vaccine development and testing usually happens over several years. What is the evidence that these vaccines are absolutely safe to vulnerable people including pregnant women? Does it matter if young people catch Covid-19? This article is first in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

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