Derbyshire heath chief's warning amid ‘good start’ to coronavirus vaccine roll-out

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Derbyshire County Council’s director of public health has welcomed a ‘good start’ to the Covid-19 vaccination roll-out – but warned: “Coronavirus hasn’t gone away.”

Latest Government data reveals a total of 70,332 vaccinations have been administered to Derbyshire people.

Of these, 67,010 are Derbyshire residents who received their first dose.

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Derbyshire County Council’s director of public health, Dean Wallace.Derbyshire County Council’s director of public health, Dean Wallace.
Derbyshire County Council’s director of public health, Dean Wallace.

Dean Wallace, who is responsible for the health and well-being of Derbyshire residents, said: “The fact that 67,000 have received the first dose of the vaccine is a good start – but with more than one million people in Derby and Derbyshire there’s still a long way to go.

Coronavirus hasn’t gone away and while the vaccine protects the individual, those who have had the jab could still potentially pass the virus on to others.

“So it’s vitally important that people follow the guidance – stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed public spaces and keep social distancing.”

By February 15, the Government aims to have offered a first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups – care home residents and workers, frontline health and social care staff, all those aged over-70 and the extremely clinically vulnerable – which amounts to around 240,000 people in Derbyshire.

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On Friday, Government figures showed 5,383,103 people across the UK had received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

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Earlier this week, Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs: “We're giving 200 vaccinations every minute.”

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned there were ‘unquestionably going to be a tough few weeks’ while the vaccine was rolled out and urged people to observe lockdown.

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