Covid: Scarborough area vaccination centers ‘won’t close’ as pandemic response dwindles and restrictions end

A patient receives a coronavirus shot at The Brunswick.

The North Yorkshire NHS Clinical Commission Group (CCG) intends to reduce vaccination sites elsewhere in the county, but said Scarborough News no such plans exist for the Scarborough area, which includes Whitby and Filey.

A spokesman for the CCG said: “As demand for vaccinations and boosters has declined, some major centers in North Yorkshire have scaled back operations and most are now part-time.

“In Scarborough, vaccinations are still available one day a week at the Latter Day Saint Church on Stepney Drive and by appointment at the outpatient clinic in downtown Scarborough.”

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Regular contact tracing is ending from today, and free Covid tests will be canceled for most people from April.

The city’s former vaccination center at Scarborough Rugby Club on Sculby Road closed in January this year after falling demand. Future vaccination clinics will now also take place at the Brunswick Hotel on Westborough and Haxby Group surgery at Lawrence House Medical Center on Belgrave Crescent.

“As the program continues to evolve, it is likely that there will be a shift towards more flexible service delivery, with pop-up clinics and self-service facilities as needed.

“Once we receive details of the spring boost program and then the fall program, we will review the position to meet projected demand,” the spokesperson added.

This coincides with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement to lift all remaining Covid restrictions in England.

Starting today, February 24, people with Covid will no longer be required by law to self-isolate, and those who test positive will be advised to stay at home for five full days, and routine contact tracing will be discontinued.

As of April 1, Covid tests will no longer be free for most people and the use of Covid passports will no longer be recommended except for international travel.

The announcement comes after coronavirus infection rates in the Scarborough area dropped slightly, official figures show.

The district’s seven-day rate per 100,000 people is now 377, down 47 in the week ending Feb. 20; well below the peak of the 1971 case on Jan 5, but cases have yet to return to the pre-Christmas low of 260 cases on Dec 13.

According to the latest available data, there were 410 new cases of Covid-19 infection in the last seven days until February 20, averaging 58 each day.

This means that Scarborough’s rate is below the England average of 417 per 100,000 and below the North Yorkshire average of 412 now.

The area has the fourth highest infection rate in the county, with Harrogate the highest at 531.

Craven currently has the lowest score in North Yorkshire at 277.

NHS Trust Hospitals in York and Scarborough are currently treating 139 coronavirus patients, including three in intensive care as of February 24.

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