The first suspected cases of the omicron covid variant have been found in the Harrogate district.
Data from the UK Health Security Agency shows there have been five possible cases so far.
in the week to December 6, one covid sample in the district failed an S-gene test, which is a sign that a sample may be omicron.
Four failed in the previous week.
The UKHSA estimates that if omicron continues to grow at the present rate, the variant will become the dominant strain, accounting for more than 50% of all covid infections in the UK by mid-December.
Dr Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at UKHSA, said:
“These early estimates should be treated with caution but they indicate that a few months after the second jab, there is a greater risk of catching the omicron variant compared to delta strain.
“The data suggests this risk is significantly reduced following a booster vaccine, so I urge everyone to take up their booster when eligible.”
The Great Yorkshire Showground vaccine site in Harrogate is asking people to turn up for walk-in boosters between 1.30pm and 4pm today as it was busy with booked appointments this morning.
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