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Plan B: Get Boosted Now 

COVID-19 Booster vaccine rollout expands even further and faster, following the Prime Minister's announcement on 12th December. 

Plans are now underway to increase vaccination capacity in Wirral. Testing capacity is also expanding, with a new testing centre opening in Liscard on 15th December.

As well as getting vaccinated, residents are urged to keep doing the things we know keep us safe - and follow the latest Plan B guidance which includes:

  • Working from home, if you can, from 13 December.
  • Wearing face mask. Required by law in most public indoor venues, including theatres and cinemas with exceptions where it's not practical, including while eating, drinking. 
  • NHS COVID passes for nightclubs, unseated indoor venues with more than 500 people, unseated outdoor venues with more than 4,000 people, and any venue with more than 10,000 people.
  • Daily testing for people identified as a contact of a coronavirus case - with isolation required only for people who test positive.

Wirral Council continue to work with the NHS and UKHSA to respond to Omicron, and will keep the public, schools, and local businesses up to date at every stage. 

Director of Public Heath Wirral, Julie Webster, said:

“Dear residents,

Thank you to everyone who has come forward for their first, second and booster jabs, so far.   

We have had a fantastic level of vaccine take-up in Wirral, thanks to residents, community groups, businesses and NHS all playing their part to keep Wirral well. But there is more work to do ahead of the Christmas period.

Getting your jabs remains the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against COVID-19 - including the new Omicron variant. 

  • Booster jabs are crucial to restore good levels of immunity for people who have been fully jabbed for 3 months or more 
  • If you have not yet had your 1st or 2nd jabs – it’s not too late! I urge you to get them as soon as you can. 
  • There are vaccination walk-in clinics in Wirral or you can book online.
  • If you work outside of the borough, commuting to Liverpool or Chester for example, take advantage of clinics near your workplace, to save time.

We now know that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is highly transmissible and has the potential to put enormous pressure on essential services, this winter. To stop the spread of infection, I urge all residents to continue doing all the things that we know keep us safe – as well as following the new Plan B guidance.

- Please wear a face-covering in all enclosed spaces, including on public transport, shops and at Christmas events. It is now a legal requirement to do this in most indoor settings unless you are exempt.  

- Work from home if you can. Wash your hands regularly and use hand-sanitiser when you’re out and about.   - If you feel well and don’t have symptoms, you should still take lateral flow tests before socialising, going to events, busy workplaces, or shopping.  You can collect free testing kits from lots of sites across Wirral.

If you do have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test.  

COVID-19 is an airborne virus, and that means is safer to meet outdoors. If that isn’t possible, open a window to let in some fresh air. I know it’s cold but even ten minutes of extra airflow can help stop the spread.  

Thank you all for playing your part and thanks for reading.