Matt Hancock outlines rise in Bolton weekly case rate
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Matt Hancock told the coronavirus press briefing that hospitalisation figures in Bolton were demonstrating the importance of having a coronavirus vaccine. The Health Secretary also announced that the Uk Government had decided to move the period of time between the first and second doses of the vaccine from 12 weeks to 8 weeks for the most vulnerable.
Mr Hancock said: “Through surge testing and vaccinations we are throwing everything at it.
“The weekly case rate in Bolton is now 208 per 100,000 and it doubled in the last week.
“There are now 25 people in Bolton hospital with Covid.
“The majority are unvaccinated.
“Nearly 90 percent of not had two vaccines.
“This shows the importance of getting vaccinated, not once but twice.
“So when you get the call, get the jab.”
On Sunday, Mr Hancock warned people who have been fully vaccinated may still die from coronavirus.
Matt Hancock issues warning over vaccine protection
Matt Hancock told Sophy Ridge on Sky News that a double dose of a coronavirus vaccine results in around 97 percent protection against dying from the virus.
However, the Health Secretary admitted that the flip-side of that figure meant that there was still a possibility that some could die from the virus.
Ms Ridge asked: “So some people who have been vaccinated frankly could still end up in hospital and could still die?”
Mr Hancock replied: “Well a very small proportion that is true under the existing variants as well.
“The flip-side of saying 97 percent protection against death is that it does still leave that three percent chance.
“It is one of the reasons why in the long-term we talk about where we want to get with this disease is managing it like flu.
“People get vaccinated for flu every year as well.
“It is all about getting risks down to a manageable level.”
The Health Secretary added that he has a “high degree of confidence” that the vaccine will overcome the Indian variant.
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