COVID cases in Solihull have fallen and health bosses say this is down to the vaccine program.
In the week leading up to November 11 Solihull’s rate stood at 360 positive cases per 100,000 people.
This figure is lower than England’s average which stood at 381 positive cases per 100,000 people.
Ruth Tennant, Solihull’s director of public health said: “With cases of Covid-19 still high and Christmas just around the corner, it’s really important that everyone heads into winter fully protected.
“That means getting your vaccine if you haven’t had it yet and for those who are eligible, getting the booster one too.
“Encourage your family, friends and neighbours to get their jabs and that includes the flu jab, as soon as they can.
“Let’s make sure none of us miss out on Christmas this year.”
In Solihull 147,585 people over the age of 16 have been double vaccinated and 38,189 have had their booster.
Ms Tennant said to help the NHS Silhillians should get vaccinated.
She added: “The vaccination programme is making the difference: keeping up progress with this and everyone taking sensible steps to reduce the risk of spreading Covid now needs to be our focus.
“As we head into winter and other viruses start to circulate, including flu, the NHS continues to be under extreme pressure.
“So although the number of people in hospital and intensive care is falling, Covid continues to affect the NHS.
“Every intensive care bed taken up by a Covid patient reduces capacity to do all the complex elective surgery that has been put on hold for the past year or so.
“Also, staffing absences due to Covid are placing a further burden on the NHS and care sector in general.”
She also advised residents to ventilate rooms they are socialising in by opening a window, wear a face covering and to test regularly in a bid to beat the virus.