Concern has been expressed that the work of Oxfordshire’s Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee will not be considered by the UK COVID-19 Inquiry.
Despite recent welcome declines in the number of people contracting COVID-19 in the county, the number is still in the thousands each week.
In a pre-recorded address to the nation on Sunday evening, the PM announced that everyone eligible aged 18 and over in England will have the chance to get their booster vaccine before the new year.
People in Oxford will be able to get a PCR test as an extra mobile COVID testing unit returns to the city in response to rising COVID cases in the city.
People in Oxfordshire are being encouraged to do all they can to take precautions to reach the Christmas period free of COVID by abiding by new government restrictions in response to the Omicron variant.
The study concludes that there are increased risks of some haematological and vascular adverse events following vaccination, but the risks are substantially higher following a coronavirus infection.
Schools in England will not be able to open after the half-term break next month, but they could begin to return from 08 March. A final decision would depend on meeting vaccination targets and schools would get two weeks’ notice.
Initial findings from one of the country’s largest studies into COVID-19 infections in England shows infections increased by 50% from early December, with an average of 1 in 63 people infected nationally. The prevalence was highest in London, with 1 in 36 people infected.
The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that the UK was making “good progress” in ensuring every adult was offered a vaccine by September and “if it can be done more swiftly, that’s a bonus”
Every adult will be offered a vaccine by the autumn says Health Secretary, and the government is “on track” to have offered a vaccine to everybody in the top four most vulnerable groups by mid-February.
Primary schools in Oxfordshire will reopen on 04 January while the start of term is delayed for secondary schools and colleges. Universities have been asked to reduce the number of students returning to campus at the start of January.
Oxfordshire residents are being urged to be on their guard against scammers using the promise of a coronavirus vaccine to con them out of money.