New figures reveal where Omicron is spreading the fastest in Kent and Medway – and which district has the lowest abseil jab absorption.

So far, 23 cases of the variant have been confirmed in the county, with 151 more infections likely.

Dartford has the highest number of Omicron cases in Kent, as well as the lowest Covid booster consumption

Meanwhile, 38.3% of Kent’s population aged 12 and over received a third dose of the Covid vaccine – recently it was shown to provide much better protection against Omicron.

But there is a big disparity across the county.

In Folkestone and Hythe, 44.3% had a recall – the highest use in Kent.

But in Dartford, only 32.2% received a third dose.

And the borough was also the most affected by Omicron.

The latest government figures show there have been five confirmed cases in Dartford – and 49 other probable infections.

Canterbury has the same number of confirmed instances of Omicron, the county’s highest municipality.

Medway and Sevenoaks both have had four confirmed cases and 14 probable infections.

Oddly enough, the sample date for the first confirmed cases in the county was in Dartford and Medway on November 22, two days before Omicron was first reported in South Africa.

It comes as the latest research shows that a person who has received a booster has much better protection against the new variant compared to someone who has just received two doses.

The UK’s Health Services Agency said on Friday that a third dose offered about 70% to 75% protection against symptomatic infection with Omicron.

Today, the government announced that the boosters are being rolled out to anyone aged 30 and over.

The national reservation system will be open to everyone in this age group from Monday.

The move comes as the UK faces a major wave of infections in January.

New modeling suggests that in one scenario, nearly double the number of Covid patients could be admitted to hospital compared to last year due to the impact of Omicron.

Experts at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) have calculated figures which indicate that a big wave of infections could occur in the coming months if tougher measures are not put in place.

The picture in Kent is less gloomy for the moment, with the number of Covid patients four times lower than in December 2020, despite the double number of cases.

Dr Emily Lawson, head of the NHS Covid-19 vaccination program, said: ‘With the emergence of the new variant and the increase in the number of cases, there has never been a more important time to be to strenghten.

“So when it’s your turn, go ahead and book. “

UKHSA’s Dr Susan Hopkins told the BBC today she had not yet had any report on Omicron’s deaths, but it was “too early” to make any assumptions .

A walk-in recall clinic is taking place this weekend at the Sea Cadet Center in Vauxhall Road, Canterbury.