Delta variant of concern first identified in India

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Pop-up vaccination centre

Residents over the age of 18 are able to walk-up and get their first vaccine shot at the Dominion Centre in Southall. No appointment is needed, so residents that have not yet had their jab are encouraged to walk up can get theirs on the following days:

  • Friday, 18 June and Saturday, 19 June
  • 9am - 6pm
  • The Dominion Centre, 112 The Green, Southall, UB2 4BQ 

Say yes to the vaccine

The council is working with the local NHS to put on more pop-up events within the borough. 

There are permanent centres in the borough that residents in the eligible categories should book an appointment to as soon as they can. Residents that are waiting to get their vaccine are reminded to check the NHS website regularly to see if they are eligible and to book their vaccine as soon as they can.

Background

  • A COVID-19 variant originally identified in India was recently classed as a Variant of Concern (VOC) – the same category as the South African and Brazilian variants.
  • The new VOC has quickly become one of the main variants in circulation in the last two weeks, and is now accounting for over 50% of cases in London. 
  • This new VOC is at least as transmissible as the main variant circulating (the Kent variant), and likely to be more transmissible.
  • There is no evidence that it causes more severe disease or that the vaccines are not effective.

Local situation

  • Although Ealing has seen overall COVID rates come down substantially since earlier this year, we are still seeing one of the highest rates in London and cases of the new VOC have increased rapidly in the last two weeks.
  • Early cases were mainly related to travel, but we are starting to see more community transmission, with a relatively high proportion in children and young people.
  • Targeted testing of students, staff and families at a primary school where there had been a few children identified with the VOC has already taken place. Over 1,000 people were tested and we are awaiting the results.

Get tested

From Wednesday, 26 May, all COVID-19 testing facilities in Ealing will offer enhanced testing and residents can walk-up and get a test without an appointment. We are asking all residents to go out and get a test at one of the many testing facilities in the borough:

Surge testing and vaccinations

  • Along with other North West London boroughs, we have developed a comprehensive plan to support a 4-week period of intensified activity to help reduce the community spread of covid, including this new VOC. The plan will begin to be rolled out from Monday, 24 May.
  • This plan focuses particularly on improving access to testing, as well as widespread communications and engagement.
  • The plan is borough-wide, but there will be additional activities taking place in Southall initially. 
  • Initiatives that will be rolled out include testing at secondary schools (for students without symptoms), increased availability and advertising of testing around the borough (for people without symptoms), close working with faith settings to explore opportunities to support residents to test, and some door-knocking to encourage residents to test and get vaccinated. At the same time, we are working closely with NHS partners to enhance opportunities available for vaccinations, to encourage residents to get vaccinated and to ensure that they can do so as soon as possible. 
  • Although testing and subsequent self-isolation are important in helping to contain community spread of covid (including the new VOC), vaccinations will help provide substantial protection in the long-term and we are continuing to strongly encourage all residents to take up the offer of vaccinations when they are eligible.  This is particularly important for our more vulnerable residents.

Say yes to the vaccine

We’re also encouraging everyone that’s eligible to get their vaccination as soon as possible.

Vaccination is the best defence against COVID-19, so alongside the NHS, we’re working to make it quicker and easier to get fully protected.

If you are 30 years of age or above you can walk-up to CP House to get your first vaccination, but booking an appointment is advised to guarantee the jab. Find out if you are eligible and book now.

The best way to stay safe

As lockdown eases, residents are urged to continue to follow public health guidance. That means following the hands, face, space rule when outside of the house and around other people:

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly
  • Face - wear a face covering
  • Space – keep your distance from others.