Community Connectors June 03 2021
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Three quarters of UK adults vaccinated with first dose

More than three quarters of UK adults have received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the latest figures published on 2 June show, as the vaccination programme continues at pace.

Health services across the UK have now administered over 65.6 million vaccines between 8 December and 1 June, including over 39.5 million people with their first dose (75.2%) and over 26 million with both doses (49.5%), ensuring they have the strongest possible protection against COVID-19 from a second dose.

The public are being urged to come forward for second doses to help protect against the threat of new variants.

Janssen COVID-19 vaccine approved by UK regulator

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has, last week (28 May), authorised the single-dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for the UK. The independent Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) has reviewed the MHRA’s decision and endorsed it.
This is the fourth COVID-19 vaccine to be authorised by the UK’s independent regulator and is the first to be approved for protection against COVID-19 with a single dose.
Read more about the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine

KCC encourage twice-weekly home testing

As restrictions continue to ease, Kent County Council are encouraging residents to carry on testing themselves twice a week, even if they have been vaccinated. Please share the message with your contacts.
Find out more and order a home test

Local vaccination news

Across the Sevenoaks District, a total of 120,974 doses of the vaccination were given between 8 December 2020 and 30 May 2021.
Across Kent and Medway, 1,790,832  doses of the vaccine were given up to 30 May 2021.

COVID-19 infection data

The latest data we have from the Government and Public Health England is dated 27 May.  The majority of districts and boroughs have seen a rise in case numbers, although these still remain very low by comparison.      
The case rate in the district to 27 May remained the same as last week, at 13.3 per 100,000 last week. There are currently 25 active cases in the District, compared to 17 cases recorded at 20 May. According to KCC, active cases are currently associated with household clusters and single cases in residential dwellings.

Visit the NHS website for local and national vaccination data.

Help when you need it

Although we are all excited to get back to normal, as COVID-19 restrictions ease, some people may be feeling a bit anxious about what that means.
The Every Mind Matters website is full of tips for coping with anxiety about coming out of lockdown. There is also a tool to create a personalised mind plan to get tailored advice.

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