Hunter urges greater vaccine take-up needed to combat Delta spread

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SDLP Health Spokesperson Cara Hunter MLA has encouraged everyone to ensure they are taking up the opportunity to get vaccinated as worries grow about the spread of the Delta variant, which now accounts for 75% of all coronavirus cases in Northern Ireland.

Stormont’s Chief Scientific Adviser has said that COVID-19 hospital admissions could be reduced by half by the end of July if 90% of the population have received their first dose by the end of July.

Increased take-up of the vaccine would result in hundreds fewer people suffering debilitating or life-threatening illness.

The call comes as health officials warn of a surge in cases by late summer due to the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant.

Mobile walk-in clinics are now being rolled out in a number of locations across Northern Ireland, and three centres (SSE Arena, Belfast; Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena and South Lake Leisure Centre, Craigavon) are now offering a walk-in service every day.

The East Derry MLA Cara Hunter said:

“I am urging everyone to make sure they are taking the opportunity to get their first and second doses of the vaccine, which is the only way to protect our families, our communities and return normality back to all our lives.

“The Delta variant is now responsible for the vast majority of cases in Northern Ireland and it is vital we halt its spread by ensuring that everyone is vaccinated.

“After a very difficult year, we can see the finish line of this pandemic. But we will only reach it if society once again comes together and ensures we all get our vaccines.”

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