The number of Covid patients in Kent nearly doubled in a week – as the recall rollout halted in parts of the county.

In the seven days leading up to January 4, the number of hospitalizations with the virus increased from 234 to 407.

The darker the shaded area, the higher the vaccination in these districts of Kent

It comes as new figures reveal that in nine Kent neighborhoods, 60% of people aged 12 and over have not yet received a third dose.

This is 20% less than the national average.

Absorption is lowest in Luton in Chatham, where only 33.2% have had a booster.

It comes after Health Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday said people were 90% less likely to end up in hospital after having a third vaccine – significantly increasing protection against the Omicron variant.

While the number of Covid patients has increased in Kent over the past week, the picture is very different from last winter.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid
Health Secretary Sajid Javid

A clear sign of the smoothness of the Omicron variant, around the same time last year there were three times as many people infected with the virus in county hospitals.

Meanwhile, as of January 2021, 71 patients were on a ventilator (5.4% of patients).

But over the past week, the number of ventilator patients actually increased from 20 to 15 (3.7% of patients).

Yet while the illness appears to be milder this time around, it still has an impact on local healthcare.

In the space of a month, Covid-related absences increased by 181% in Kent hospital trusts.

The number of cases in Kent in the week to December 28 in 2020 and 2021
The number of cases in Kent in the week to December 28 in 2020 and 2021
The number of Covid patients in Kent on January 4 in 2021 and 2022 (54,151,042)
The number of Covid patients in Kent on January 4 in 2021 and 2022 (54,151,042)
The% of people finding themselves hospitalized in Kent after catching the Covid, this winter and last winter
The% of people finding themselves hospitalized in Kent after catching the Covid, this winter and last winter

Prime Minister Boris Johnson based his hopes of beating Omicron by “boosting” so many people across the country.

But, as well as in Luton, in eight other districts of Kent, the absorption of the third dose is less than 40%.

In Medway, these are: Chatham Central & Rochester Riverside (35.1%), Chatham South East (34.3%), Gillingham Central (37.1%) and Gillingham North (36.3%).

In the east of the county, they are: Blean Forest, Chartham Hatch & University (38%), Canterbury Barracks (36.5%) and Cliftonville West (38.1%).

The remaining area with less than 40% use is Ringlestone & Central Maidstone (39.3%).

There is a cluster of neighborhoods in Medway where booster consumption is less than 40% (the palest shaded areas)
There is a cluster of neighborhoods in Medway where booster consumption is less than 40% (the palest shaded areas)

The district with the highest attendance is Folkestone & Hythe, where 64.8% have now had a booster.

While the country has been hit by a record number of cases in recent weeks, some scientists are optimistic that we can now learn to live with the virus.

Dr Mike Tildesley, a member of the Pandemic Influenza Scientific Modeling Group (Spi-M), says Omicron may be the “first ray of light” to ensure that Covid becomes endemic.

He said cases in London are “slowing down” but scientists need two weeks to see if this continues.

Dr Tildesley told Times Radio today: ‘What might happen in the future is that you might see the emergence of a new, less serious variant, and ultimately, in the long term, what happens. happening is that Covid is becoming endemic and you have less severe version. It is very similar to the common cold that we have lived with for many years.

“We’re not there yet, but Omicron may be the first ray of light out there that suggests it could happen in the longer term. It’s of course much more transmissible than Delta was, which is worrying, but much less serious.

“I hope that as we approach spring and see Omicron’s back, we can get more interrelationships between living with Covid as an endemic disease and protecting vulnerable people.

“Any variation that emerges that is less serious, ultimately, longer term, is where we want to be. “