Peterborough residents reminded COVID jab takes three weeks to work after rise in cases among over 60s

Peterborough residents are being reminded that the COVID vaccination takes three weeks to offer protection after the first dose - and full protection is not available until the second dose has been administered - after a rise in cases among the over 60s in Peterborough.

Tuesday, 23rd March 2021, 6:45 am

A majority of people aged over 60 in Peterborough have now had at least one dose of the jab - but the case rate in the city for that age group has seen a steep rise in the past few days.

On March 14 the rate per 100,000 people for Peterborough over 60s stood at 42.8 - but two days later, on March 16 (the most recent data available) it stood at 57.9.

The rate for under 60s is still considerably higher, standing at 152.6 - the same as it was on March 14.

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Director of Public Health for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, Dr Liz Robin said the rise could be explained by how many people in the city were going out to work - but reminded people that the first dose of the COVID vaccine takes weeks to offer protection.

She said: “The majority of the recent rise of Covid-19 cases amongst over 60’s in Peterborough has been in the 60-65 age group, who may still be working.

“So it may simply reflect the more general high rates among working age people in Peterborough.

“I would urge everyone to accept the offer of a Covid vaccination when they receive it - but also to be mindful that the jab takes up to three weeks to work and that the second dose is needed in order to reach maximum protection.

“Therefore, it’s important that people continue to stick to the current lock down rules after they’ve had their vaccination, and follow public health advice on social distancing, handwashing, face coverings and other Covid-safety precautions.”