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St Helens residents urged to keep testing after second Covid vaccination

Article date - 12 July 2021

St Helens residents are being encouraged to keep testing regularly even if they have had both of their Covid-19 vaccinations in order to help combat high infection rates across the borough
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Although having both vaccinations can potentially reduce the risk of serious illness from Covid-19 by between 60% and 88%, it does not completely prevent the transmission of the virus of others. Often transmission can happen with the carrier completely unaware that they are infecting others.

Latest figures for the borough show that Covid infection rates in the St Helens area for the 7 days up to the 5th of July are at 400 per 100,000 people.  Positive cases have also continued to increase. In early May there were five cases a day, now we are getting 100 new cases a day and cases continue to increase.

Councillor David Baines, Leader of St Helens Borough Council, said: “It is tempting to assume that once you have had your second vaccination you are effectively out of the woods in terms of the risk of infection, either to yourselves or others.

“However while the risk of serious infection from Covid-19 is significantly reduced when you have had your second jab you can still pass the virus onto friends or other family members.

“Because of this we would urge anyone who has had either one or both doses of the vaccination to continue regular lateral flow testing twice weekly and to register the results. This protects you and others you come into contact with.”

Regular home testing is vital, particularly for those without symptoms (asymptomatic) to help protect those who close to you and prevent outbreaks. Registering the results is vital so we know who has been tested and where rates are at the highest and lowest. You can register your results via the following link:  https://bit.ly/3k15CdW

Ruth Du Plessis, Director of Public Health at St Helens Borough Council, said:  “Testing regularly and then registering your results are both very important in terms of helping us to take monitor what is happening so we can action quickly and to contain the spread of localised outbreaks in the borough.

“Do make every effort to test each week and then register your results online. If people are not able to record their results online you can also register them by ringing 119.

“If you do test positive, then make sure you and your household isolate at home for 10 days and arrange a PCR test to confirm the result.”

Testing kits are available to use for free. You can order a pack of lateral flow tests at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Or pick one up at a number of local testing sites in the borough. Further details on collection points are available here : https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-testing/symptom-free-testing/