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Anyone aged 18 or over can now get a covid jab.

Sheffield news LIVE

Last updated: Friday, 18 June, 2021, 12:44

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  • Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers
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Crucible to hold second Covid-19 jab clinic for 18s and over

The Crucible Theatre will be hosting its second pop up COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Saturday open to anyone aged 18 or over to get vaccinated without an appointment.

The one off additional session will provide 700 people with the opportunity to get their first vaccination on a first come, first served basis.

Doors open at 9am and the clinic will close once the vaccine has gone or at 2pm, depending on which happens first.

It follows the success of the clinic last Saturday, 12 June, which saw 700 people receive their first dose of the vaccination at the theatre. A further 500 people who queued also had their COVID-19 jab that day as event marshals, provided by Sheffield City Council, signposted them to vaccination centres across the city.

This drop-in clinic is being organised by Greencross Group Practice and Manor and Park Group Practice.

If you want to attend please email: [email protected]

Figures show the highest number of people testing positive since the week to March 3.

A total of 41,143 people tested positive for Covid-19 in England at least once in the week to June 9, up 63% on the previous week, according to the latest Test and Trace figures.

Policing minister Kit Malthouse said the Government did not have any intention to make it compulsory to return to the office, while there will be a consultation on more flexible working going forward.

“This is a situation for employers and employees to discuss and negotiate themselves,” he told Sky News.

“I know there has been some media about this over the last two or three days, we don’t have any intention to make it compulsory to return to the office.

“Our manifesto at the last election did contain a pledge to consult on more flexible working to allow people to work from home should they wish to, and we will be doing that later on this year.”

The Government said that, as of 9am on Thursday, there had been a further 11,007 lab-confirmed Covid-19 cases in the UK, the highest single-day rise since February 19 and the first time cases reported have risen above 10,000 in one day since February 22.

The Government also said a further 19 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday, bringing the UK total to 127,945.

Separate figures published by the Office for National Statistics show there have been 153,000 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

Covid jab invitations for people aged over 18 sent out today

About 1.5 million texts are due to be sent to people aged 18 to 20 today inviting them for a covid jab.

Health secretary Matt Hancock told the NHS Confed Conference: “As of this afternoon we have given a first dose of vaccine to four out of every five adults in the United Kingdom.

“And the speed of deployment means that tomorrow we can open vaccination to everyone over the age of 18.

“I think it’s an incredible achievement on the vaccination side.”

PM Boris Johnson has described the speed of the programme as "one of our country's greatest collective achievements".

The news comes as a new study shows Covid cases ‘increasing exponentially’ among younger age groups in England.

Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England are continuing to increase, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.

North-west England has the highest rate, with 196.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 13, up week-on-week from 152.0.

This is the highest rate for the region since the week ending February 7.

North-east England has the second highest rate: 92.6, up from 42.6.

Eastern England has the lowest rate: 37.0, up from 28.6.

Some 15,893 possible reinfections of Covid-19 have been identified in England, according to figures published for the first time.

Reinfections are defined as people who have tested positive for a second time at least 90 days after first testing positive for the virus.

Of the 15,893 possible reinfections up to May 30, 53 have so far been confirmed by identifying genetically distinct specimens from each episode of illness, Public Health England said.

The figures are part of ongoing analysis into reinfection levels, which is currently affected by the limited availability of data for identifying the genomic sequence of the virus, particularly in the early months of the pandemic.

Everyone over the age of 18 in England will be able to book their Covid-19 vaccine from Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Speaking at the NHS Confed conference, Mr Hancock said a first dose has been given to four out of five adults.

Everyone over the age of 18 in England will be able to book their Covid-19 vaccine from Friday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.

Speaking at the NHS Confed conference, Mr Hancock said a first dose has been given to four out of five adults.

Covid-19 case rates in all regions of England are continuing to increase, according to the latest weekly surveillance report from Public Health England.

North-west England has the highest rate, with 196.9 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to June 13, up week-on-week from 152.0.

This is the highest rate for the region since the week ending February 7.

North-east England has the second highest rate: 92.6, up from 42.6.

Eastern England has the lowest rate: 37.0, up from 28.6.

Covid cases ‘increasing exponentially’ among younger age groups in England, new study finds

Covid cases ‘increasing exponentially’ among younger age groups in England, new study finds

Covid infection cases are “rising exponentially” across England in the younger and mostly unvaccinated age groups, according to scientists.

Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers

Sheffield care home chief fears mandatory vaccination will lead to shortage of workers

The boss of Sheffcare, a charity which runs a chain of ten care homes across Sheffield, says Government plans for mandatory vaccination for staff will impact staffing levels and should be up to the individual.

Downing Street said that the Government wanted people to travel abroad “as soon as it is safe to do so” but stressed that no decisions had been made about opening up holidays for those who had received both vaccine doses.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “As we have always set out, we want people to be able to travel abroad as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Currently we have set out a traffic light system for international travel. We are always learning more about the virus and its variants.

“At this stage in the pandemic, our current approach is the right one, but we keep our measures under review, and that was set out clearly in both the road map and the Global Travel Taskforce report.

“On the point about double vaccinations, absolutely no decisions have been made on that.”

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a heart starter, the national team doctor has confirmed.

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is to be fitted with a heart starter, the national team doctor has confirmed.

The 29-year-old Inter Milan midfielder had to be resuscitated on the pitch at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after slumping to the ground during the first half of his side’s 1-0 Euro 2020 Group B defeat to Finland on Saturday evening.

Eriksen regained consciousness before being taken to hospital, where medics continue to work to identify what caused his cardiac arrest.

Providing an update on his status on Thursday, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen said: “After Christian has been through different heart examinations it has been decided that he should have an ICD (heart starter).”

Christian Eriksen

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