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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

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered – Introduction and Index

We all have many questions about vaccination. In early January, we asked people to submit their questions to an expert panel. We received around 100 responses which we condensed into 18 questions. We would like to thank the expert panel for answering these questions at a time when they are working flat out to protect people not just from Covid-19, but also from other health problems, including those that peak at this time of the year. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: It’s getting scary as cases accelerate quickly in Shropshire and Telford

It’s getting scary out there. Yesterday, the number of new daily Covid-19 cases in the UK topped 60,000. The Directors of Public Health for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have issued warnings that cases in both council areas are rising rapidly. Cases are rising every area in the county except in the Bishop’s Castle area. Shifnal and Wem have particularly high rates of infection, as does much of Telford & Wrekin. There were 15 cases in Ludlow in the seven days to 3 January. Further afield, London has declared a major incident as its hospitals hit capacity. We all fed up with lockdown and restrictions but the data show there is no room for relaxation on the rules.

Covid Watch: The spread of the virus is getting even more frightening and England is now in lockdown

Mainland Scotland is in lockdown from midnight. Wales is in lockdown and today First Minister Mark Drakeford has warned there is not “much headroom for change” when restrictions are reviewed on Thursday. Tonight, Boris Johnson announced a lockdown for England. His instinct has always been to leave restrictions until they are too late but this lockdown will begin immediately and pass into law after midnight tomorrow. He had no other option after the Covid threat level in the UK was raised to Alert Level 5 today. That means the NHS is judged to be at risk of being overwhelmed within 21 days. Cases in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin are also shooting up.

Covid Watch: Send us your questions on coronavirus vaccination and will get them answered by medical experts

Questions are being asked about vaccination on social, print and broadcast media. When will people get vaccinated? How safe is it? Which is the better vaccine? Do we have a choice on which vaccination? Must we have two doses? Three Shropshire medical experts have agreed to answer your questions. Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire, Dr Caron Morton from Station Drive Surgery and Dr Catherine Beanland from Portcullis. Please send Tracey Huffer and I your questions and we’ll ask the expert medical panel for a response. You can post your questions as comments below or send them to us as explained in this article. We will publish answers during the week and no one asking questions will be named.

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