Residents urged to get Covid-19 jab as virus cases continue to rise

North Yorkshire residents are being urged to get both doses of the coronavirus vaccine as cases in the county continue to rise.

In a message to residents, North Yorkshire County Council’s chief executive, Richard Flinton, said it was important that residents come forward for their vaccination.

Mr Flinton wrote: “I thank the people of North Yorkshire again for their tremendous effort and sacrifice and encourage you to keep going as we work our way through this.

“The situation in North Yorkshire is changing rapidly, as it is nationwide, and we must be prepared for further ups and downs. The average infection rate in the county is 81 per 100,000 people, a four-fold increase in three weeks.

“Our response must remain the same – not only to follow the rules around hands, face, space and fresh air, but also to take up your vaccine. We have high levels of uptake in North Yorkshire.

“That’s great and it gives us protection.

“However, we need to go further. We need everyone who is offered the vaccine to take it up. Together we can work to unlock summer, but to unlock summer safely.”

North Yorkshire’s rate has increased even further and now stands at 86 cases per 100,000 people.

Richmondshire’s seven-day rate has risen to 127 with 29 cases reported in the seven days to June 19 in the Catterick Garrison and Colburn area.

A further 14 were recorded in Catterick Village and Brompton, eight in the upper Dales, five in north Richmondshire, and three each in the Leyburn and Middleham and Richmond town areas.