MP urges constituents to get their booster jabs.

Harrogate, Knaresborough and Boroughbridge MP has urged people to get their booster vaccinations or get their first and second doses if they haven’t already received any.

With the future less certain because of the advent of the omicron variant Mr Jones said: “We know that vaccines have an incredibly positive effect on serious illness, hospitalisations and deaths. In the first two waves when infection rates increased hospitalisation and mortality rates followed. In the third wave while infection rates have remained high, hospitalisation and death rates have remain much lower and are now declining slowly.”

Across the UK, as cases rose in the 2nd wave (1), hospitalisations (2) and deaths (3) followed the same pattern a couple of weeks later.  In the third wave since summer 2021 after lockdown (4), as vaccination rates increased (5), cases have risen sharply without the same increase in hospitalisations (6) and deaths (7).

“The delta variant is currently the dominant strain in the UK and we know that the vaccines are very effective. But over time the effectiveness declines. Booster jabs cause drops in hospitalisation among the groups who have received them.”

“The omicron variant is now present in England and, while more research needs to be done, it is likely that vaccines will have a positive effect. That is why we need to slow its spread so more people can get vaccinated and receive booster jabs. We all have a role to play – wearing our masks in shops and crowded places, washing our hands, keeping our distance and ventilating spaces effectively. This will again be a huge community effort and I am sure our area will pull together again as it has before.”

Information on how to book your booster jab is available here with further information coming soon about a new drop-in centre available from early December at the Yorkshire Show Ground.