Residents thanked for their efforts in controlling COVID-19 infection rates

25/01/2021, PR-9802

​Wakefield Council is thanking its residents for their hard work in protecting those they care about, key workers and themselves by following the national restrictions during the third lockdown.

From today, residents will start to receive a letter from Wakefield Council's Public Health Director Anna Hartley and NHS Wakefield CCG Chief Officer Jo Webster thanking them for their efforts to date and urging them to keep going.

It coincides with the "Do it for" campaign to be launched by the Council urging residents to think about why they should stay home. They are urged to do it for their loved ones, their NHS, critical workers and themselves.

Wakefield entered the third lockdown in a good position, with lower case rates than other areas of the UK. The lockdown gave the district an opportunity to slow down the spread of the new variant which is more easily spread.

The letter explains how by following the stay at home rule and reducing mixing to an absolute minimum will help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Residents are asked to respect the lockdown, stay at home and only go out if absolutely necessary. They are reminded to isolate and get a test if they have any symptoms, however mild.

Parents are requested to keep children at home if at all possible, even if they are entitled to a critical worker place. Vulnerable children should still go into school. The new variant is not more likely to cause severe illness in children than in previous strains. 

Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health
Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health

​Anna Hartley, Director of Public Health, said: "We are so grateful to all our residents for their hard work in following the rules to keep everyone safe.

"Staying at home, keeping your children out of school (unless vulnerable), respecting restrictions and isolating if needed are the ways we can reduce the spread of COVID-19."

Cllr Denise Jeffery
Cllr Denise Jeffery

​Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Denise Jeffery, added: "The coronavirus pandemic has affected everyone and has resulted in many of our residents struggling financially and with their wellbeing. That is why we have created the Help at the Hub service. The free service helps anyone affected by the impact of COVID-19 on things like jobs, money and wellbeing."                   

More information about the Help at the Hub service can be found here: https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/more-money-in-my-pocket/help-at-the-hub

Jo Webster, Chief Officer at NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "Wakefield is performing well in the vaccination roll-out. We're looking towards a brighter future later in the year. However, it is more important than ever that we continue to follow all the national guidance by maintaining good hand hygiene, wearing a face covering and following social distancing.  By doing so we can all play our part in controlling the virus and saving lives.

Residents will be invited for the COVID-19 vaccination when it's their turn so are asked to please not contact their GP practice or the NHS for an appointment. The NHS is working hard to make sure those at greatest risk are offered the vaccine first and people will not be able to make an appointment until they have received their invitation.