Hull councillors have been warned it is "only a matter of time" before coronavirus infection rates increase as focus shifts to speeding up the vaccine rollout.

Hull City Council's Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee heard officials welcomed the four week delay to lifting coronavirus lockdown restrictions to "buy time" for the vaccine rollout.

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Council Deputy Public Health Director Tim Fielding said there were plans to deploy a new mobile vaccine unit based at Princes Quay to low uptake and high infection rate areas.

He added officials had tried to remove as many barriers as possible to getting vaccines but warned they could not make guarantees for all after councillors asked about reaching refugees and others.

The committee also heard officials were working to reassure pregnant women and new mothers about getting the vaccine, including it not affecting breast feeding.

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It comes as Public Health England data showed a total of 76 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Hull in the seven days leading up to Saturday, June 12. The seven day rolling rate was 29.3 per 100,000 people during the same period, slightly below the 78 and 30 respectively the week before but higher than the 59 and 22.7 before that.

Councillors also heard new laws were expected to come into effect in October which would make having both vaccine doses mandatory for care home staff.

The mandate would also cover anyone visiting a care home for work, such as hairdressers and tradespeople.

Those required to get a second dose would have a 16 week grace period to do so if the law is passed in Parliament.

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Councillors heard questions remained over how the mandate would be implemented and enforced.

But they also heard around 90 per cent of care home staff in council ones and 86 per cent in the private sector already had both doses.

Mr Fielding told councillors it was "only a matter of time" before infection rates climb towards those seen in South and West Yorkshire and the North East.

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He added support was available for those needing to self-isolate after calling on anyone with coronavirus symptoms to get a PCR test and quarantine until receiving a negative result.

The official said: "The more people who get vaccinated, the less the impact will be.

"We're seeing huge successes with the vaccines, especially with the younger age groups.

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Council Deputy Public Health Director Tim Fielding said Hull's vaccination rollout had been a 'huge success'.

"The Delta variant isn't particularly the news for us, though it's here and it's the now the dominant strain.

"The key for us is testing, if people are symptomatic they need to get a PCR test, they can't rely on a lateral flow one.

"People can still go to a test centre for a PCR or they can apply online.

"We're still putting on lots of support for lateral flow testing, we're keeping the Endeavour Centre open on Beverley Road for those where people can get or collect them.

"We're comfortable with and supportive of the delay in lifting restrictions but we fully appreciate the huge inconvenience it will be for people personally, as well as for businesses and their finances.

"There will be a big impact on events and big implications for hospitality especially with the football on at the moment.

A man carries a tray of drinks to a table at the The Oak Inn in Coventry, West Midlands, as indoor hospitality and entertainment venues reopen to the public following the further easing of lockdown restrictions in England. Picture date: Monday May 17, 2021.
Mr Fielding said officials supported the lockdown lifting delay but were aware of the 'huge inconvenience' to businesses and venues.

"The logic behind the delay is buy an extra month to vaccine as many people as possible during that period of time.

"Our vaccine uptake rates are high but there's a not insubstantial amount of people who've still not had one yet.

"We're doing a huge amount of work on why that is and the inequalities around it, for some its personal reasons and for others its factors and circumstances in their own lives."