Walk in vaccinations are available tomorrow morning, Monday 12th July, in Hollingdean. Just turn up at St Richard’s Church Hall, Beal Crescent, BN1 7BU, from 10.30 am to 2.30 pm.
Cases of Covid in Brighton have risen steeply – in the seven days up to 4 July (based on data published on 9 July) we had 1,275 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove – up from 691 cases the previous week:
- 84.5% increase on the previous week
- equivalent to a weekly rate of 438.3 per 100,000 residents
- higher than the south east which was 192.9 per 100,000
- higher than the rate for England, which was 275.6 per 100,000
Brighton and Hove CC Public Health team say:
Locally, cases have risen fastest in young people so we’re asking all 18 to 29 year olds to take a symptom free PCR test at one of our two new testing sites. This will let you know if you have the virus so you can self-isolate and help break the chain of transmission.
You should take a PCR test because:
- 1 in 3 people can have Covid and be spreading it without realising
- symptom-free PCR testing will find cases quickly so that you can self-isolate and stop the spread
- not everyone in the city is vaccinated yet, there are still vulnerable people who could become very unwell if they get Covid
- if Covid rates are allowed to rise, there is a risk of new variants developing
- cases are rising fastest in people aged 18 to 29
- many bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs in the city have had to close in the last few weeks and more are at risk of needing to because of staff in those age groups either contracting Covid or having to self-isolate
Don’t worry. If you do have a positive Covid test result, you can apply for financial help if you’ll lose pay by having to self-isolate.
Practical or wellbeing support from our community hub is also available to help with everyday domestic tasks and support you with how you might be feeling.
The new walk-in PCR test sites are at:
- Peace Statue, Hove Seafront
- open midday to 7pm, every day – from Sunday 11 July
- Jubilee Square, next to the library
- open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and Sunday, 11am to 5pm
What’s the most important action you can take to help stop Covid spreading?
The vaccine programme is a fantastic success and is weakening the link between infection, serious illness and people having to go to hospital.
We say to everyone who hasn’t had their first vaccination, please go and do this as soon as possible.