As you will most likely be aware, coronavirus cases are currently rising exponentially due to the Delta variant. The situation in Wandsworth remains serious. We currently have a local rate of 238.7 cases per 100,000 people - well above the national average.
While the vaccine is giving added protection by reducing deaths and hospitalisations, it is important to bear in mind that it does not eradicate transmission and those who have been vaccinated can still become unwell with coronavirus.
Data available from the Government suggests that some areas within Tooting have a higher infection rate than the Wandsworth average of 238.7 cases per 100,000 and these are:
While we need not panic, we should remain careful. A reminder that symptoms of coronavirus include: loss of taste or smell; temperature exceeding 37 degrees; new and persistent cough. Other common symptoms also include feeling tired and a headache. Those experiencing these symptoms should book a free PCR test as soon as possible here.
Those aged 18 or over are encouraged to take up the offer of a vaccine. Appointments can be booked here. Information about local walk-in clinics is available here.
Unlike previously, second doses of the vaccine are available after eight weeks and many walk-in centres will vaccinate those who bring along their vaccination card.
1 in 3 people who have coronavirus are asymptomatic, so twice weekly testing is another way to keep ourselves and others safe. Lateral flow tests can be ordered for free here.
I am in regular contact with NHS England and South West London CCG, who oversee the local coronavirus response. If you are a Tooting resident in need of assistance, please do not hesitate to email email@example.com and please keep an eye on my website and social media pages for further updates.