The rate of covid vaccination in Salford is lower than the national average.
Around 90 per cent of people aged 16 and over across the UK have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine and more than 80 per cent have been fully vaccinated.
But according to the latest figures, in Salford, less than two-thirds of the population have found both jobs and only 71.3% have received their first vaccine.
This is the lowest vaccination rate in Greater Manchester outside of Manchester City.
And although local and national figures are based on different population estimates, Glenn McLachlan, Salford’s deputy director of public health, confirmed that the city’s vaccination rate is still lower than the national average.
Speaking to the Health and Social Care Inquiry Committee last week, he also told councilors in the city’s West-East division that later with lower rates.
In Haier Broughton, Broughton Park and Chromewell Road and Broad Street, less than half of them have received their first vaccine, the lowest recorded in Optic Pendleton, where so far only 43.5% have had a stroke. ۔
In Versailles, Alan Brook and Booth Town, more than 87% of the population received one dose and four out of five received both.
McLachlan told the inquiry that Salford, which has a relatively young population, like Manchester, was one of the factors behind the statistics.
Older people, along with other vulnerable groups, were the first to be vaccinated, and those over 16 became eligible only in early summer.
However, according to Salford Council’s Deputy Director of Public Health, younger groups are more reluctant to vaccinate.
He said: “We saw the epidemic very early, when we first developed the vaccine in older groups, because they saw a lot of people – friends and relatives of the same age – in fact very seriously ill or Tragically, there were few barriers to their vaccine.
“With younger partners, they haven’t seen the disease yet. So we really need to find different ways to encourage and help those who are coming forward for their vaccine.”
McLachlan said more pharmacies in Salford will begin offering covid vaccines in the coming months, as well as GP practice and other vaccination centers.
The Deputy Director hopes that this will bring a new dimension to the vaccine program as young people have preferred walk-in options over appointments.
Pop-up vaccination clinics targeting low-optic areas have also been set up across the city – but some have been found to be less popular.
Vaccination buses are also plying around the city offering vaccines.
The local authority praised the work of Hitzola, which runs a regular vaccination clinic for the Orthodox Jewish community in East Salford.
But despite learning “a terrible lot” from the organization’s work, McLachlan said the council would hold more focus groups in the coming weeks to better understand the barriers that keep people from coming forward.
Addressing the meeting on September 1, the council boss also told the scrutiny committee that the booster campaign had been delayed.
He said the coveted vaccine booster campaign was originally expected to be ‘co-delivered’ with the flu pocket, but final details have yet to be confirmed.
Since then, it has been confirmed that a decision will be made this weekend.
Sweeten and Wardley Councilor Jim Dawson expressed concern about the rising rate of infection in the ’65s and asked if the vaccine was less effective now.
McLachlan confirmed that Cowid’s cases have begun to “infiltrate” older groups, but said that since then it has begun to decline again.
He said: “It’s very fluid and it’s very hard to say, yes, this is a definite increase and it will continue, or, is it just this kind of bubble, the plateau and then we just have these rates. Will continue. In the fall. “
Infection was highest on Manchester’s borders at the beginning of the summer, but since then it has fallen there and is growing in the center of the city.
McLachlan said she expects the infection rate to increase when children return to school after the summer break and children are regularly tested for covid.
The University of Salford will also welcome new students later this month.
He added: “There is a bit of apathy right now. I think everyone wants the epidemic to end and we just want to move on with life so we’ve just seen the testing rate go down.
“We need to work on encouraging PCR testing if we are sick.”
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