Information for Community Champions and others who are helping to build confidence in Covid-19 community testing and the vaccination programme in Kirklees. This page was last updated on 26th May 2021.
Surge testing in Kirklees
Surge testing and increased vaccinations have been introduced in Kirklees, as well as in a number of other areas in the UK with higher rates of Covid-19 infection. The Covid-19 infection rate in Kirklees is amongst the highest in the country and is rising.
Surge testing to start in Kirklees – Kirklees Together, 25th May
Statement By Kirklees Outbreak Control Board On Travel Restrictions
Enhanced (surge) Testing script for frontline staff and volunteers (PDF)
NHS announcement on second vaccine doses
Due to the rising number of cases of the Delta variant (the variant first detected in India), the JCVI has recommended that second vaccinations should be brought forward to eight weeks for people in the nine priority groups who have not already had theirs. This includes people over 50, carers and those with health conditions that put them at greater risk from Covid-19.
The NHS are working with all our vaccination centres to bring second vaccination appointments forward for people in Kirklees to ensure those most at risk get the maximum protection sooner. Anyone whose appointment needs to be moved will be contacted by the NHS to rearrange it, so people do not need to contact the NHS themselves.
Everyone else should still attend their appointment unless they are contacted to rearrange it. It is really important that people have their second dose to make sure they get the maximum protection against Covid-19. We are urging anyone who has been invited for their second dose to book their appointment as soon as possible.