Latest SBC Covid-19 Newsletter
Swindon: now highest rate of COVID-19 in the region
Update from Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health
As of 26th February, Swindon unfortunately has the highest rate of COVID-19 in the South West region.
The case rate exceeds both the regional and national average. The main reason for this is likely to be mixing between households and non-compliance with rules.
Swindon’s seven-day rolling average case rate has increased to 123.8 per 100k - up from 91 per 100k last Friday (19 Feb), compared to an average across the South West of 66.0 per 100k and the England average of 111.8 per 100k.
The COVID-19 vaccine is currently being offered to:
- those aged over 65
- clinically vulnerable people aged between 16 and 64 with underlying health conditions
- those registered as a carer with their GP
If you are aged 65 and over or classed as a carer, you can book your vaccine without an invitation from your GP through the National Booking service
, or by calling 119. More than 76 per cent of those aged 65 to 69 have already had their first dose.
If you've already had the vaccine
, it's important that you continue to follow the guidelines as there is a chance that you might still get or spread coronavirus.
If you have a question about the vaccine you can rewatch SBC's Q&A session here
The Government has committed to offer every adult a first dose of the vaccine by 31 July.