23 March 2021
Today (23 March 2021) we reflect on the past 12 months of COVID-19 as we mark the national day of reflection.
This is a chance to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.
Today we remember the 279 people from our community who have sadly passed away with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, their friends and loved ones.
Have you had your COVID-19 vaccination?
If not, book now if you are:
- over 50;
- a carer;
- a frontline health or social care worker;
- clinically extremely vulnerable or in an ‘at risk’ group.
Don’t wait for a message, letter or text. Book your vaccination today.
Not being registered with a GP should not be a barrier to receiving the vaccination.
In the first instance we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering. As well as getting access to COVID-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.
You can register with any GP in your local area as long as they have space for new patients.
These are the latest published vaccination and COVID-19 stats for the Isle of Wight, from NHS England and Public Health England, respectively.
The rate of new cases is expected to fluctuate as people begin to move around more and make use of the increased range of testing facilities available.
Identification of people without symptoms and their self isolation is key to keeping the virus under control without the need for further lockdowns.
You can read the full COVID-19 data report on our website.
The COVID-19 statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by Public Health England on 22 March 2021 at 4.00pm including data up to 21 March 2021.
The vaccination statistics for the Isle of Wight, published by NHS England on 18 March 2021 including data up to 14 March 2021.
The graphic shows:
- 74,268 – The number of island residents who have received at least one does of the vaccine.
- 6,703 – The number of confirmed cases to date of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result since March 2020. This is based on the residential address of the person tested rather than where they are registered with a GP.
- 25 – The number of positive cases in the seven-day period.
- 17.6 – Weekly cases per 100,000. This is the number of Island residents who have received a positive COVID-19 test result in the seven-day period, divided by the total population of the Island.
It is vital we all continue to follow the government guidelines during national restrictions: hands, face, space.
- Wash your hands often and for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser regularly.
- Wear a face-covering where appropriate.
- Keep space from other people; two metres or at least one metre apart.
As we reflect on the past 12 months, it’s clear how vital everyone’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic has been.
From community volunteers who have helped deliver shopping and medicines to redeployed staff who have been checking in on those most vulnerable and isolated in our community, our Island residents have pulled together like never before.
Without the support and partnership work with volunteers, community hubs, staff and voluntary sector colleagues, we would not be in the position we are now to contend with and respond to the pandemic.
Watch our ‘COVID-19 Response Service – a cross Island approach’ video to see how we can make a difference to people’s lives when it matters most.