Lambeth: Covid-19 testing and vaccination push to beat the Delta variant  

25 June 2021

Written by: Lambeth Council

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Lambeth Council is calling on residents to take regular Covid-19 tests and get vaccinated to fight the worrying recent rise in new infections linked to the Delta variant.

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Lambeth: Covid-19 testing and vaccination push to beat the Delta variant  

The number of daily Covid-19 cases recorded in Lambeth has risen by 50 percent since the start of June with case rates rising to 150 per 100,000 people. Between 50 to 80 new cases are being reported per day – a rate not seen since October 2020 during the Autumn wave.

Lambeth Council is asking:

  • All residents to book a vaccination if you haven’t already.
  • Book a PCR test – especially 18- to 35-year-olds due to the rising rates in younger people.
  • Anyone who uses public transport, goes to work or socialises in Lambeth should use regular LFD rapid tests at least twice a week.

Data suggests more than 90 percent of cases are linked to the Delta variant, which is thought to be more transmissible than previous Covid-19 strains.

Cllr Jim Dickson, joint Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “The rise in cases is a serious concern especially given that the Delta Variant appears to be easier to spread between people.

“Younger people account for the majority of the new cases being reported, which is why we urge anyone in this age group to get a PCR test and get vaccinated as soon as they can.

“It is vital for everyone in our borough to be vigilant against the threat of Covid-19. The pandemic is not over yet and not all our vulnerable residents have received their first or second dose of the vaccine.”

Anyone aged over 18 is now eligible for a vaccine. There are three ways to get yourself vaccinated in the borough:

  • Visit our health and wellbeing bus or one of our walk-in clinics.  For the latest bus timetable and walk-in clinics, including who can attend visit www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/
  • Book online or by phone – new appointments are added regularly.  To book you appointment online, visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccine  or by calling 119 free of charge
  • Book through your GP

Lambeth council and NHS Test and Trace has already deployed enhanced testing measures in Clapham, Brixton, Stockwell, West Norwood and Vauxhall including genomic testing of positive cases in those areas.

Anyone who lives or works in the borough should take a PCR test whether they are showing symptoms of not.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 should self-isolate for 10 days, with the Lambeth Council Self Isolation Support up and running to help people.

Cllr Dickson said: “While the recent rise in cases is concerning, regular testing is going to be crucial. If you do a LFT rapid test regularly, it will reduce the risk. We are asking people to do this twice a week if they regularly work or socialise in the borough.

“This protects your friends, family and, if you are working in hospitality, it protects your customers as well. Regular testing is crucial to ensuring we can enjoy a safe summer.”