Volunteer Tania Santana in front of the vaccine bus. Photograph: courtesy Tania Santana

The number of Covid cases in Camden has soared as the campaign to protect as many people as possible from the potentially deadly virus intensifies.

There were 4,041 cases recorded in the week to 17 December, according to government data.

The latest figures saw 605 cases diagnosed this Tuesday alone.

Since the pandemic began early in 2020 there have been 36,921 cases in Camden.

Across London, cases have risen dramatically as the easily transmissable Omicron variant takes hold.

Since the pandemic began, 368 people who have died in Camden had coronavirus recorded on their death certificates – two of them in the week ending 10 December.

By the beginning of this week, 63 per cent of Camden residents had had their first jab and 56 per cent their second. Boosters are given to people three months after their second vaccination.

The council is urging residents to get vaccinated as a priority to help slow down the spread of the Omicron variant.

Residents can get their first and second jabs and boosters at a range of centres around the borough.

Essentials Pharmacy in Drury Lane is offering vaccines until 5.30pm on 22 December and will reopen on 29 December.

The vaccines are also on offer at the JP Pharmacy on Camden High Street and people are advised to check availability on 020 7428 4870.

The UCLH vaccine centre at Bidborough House, which has an entrance on Mabledon Place, is offering vaccines from 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday. The centre is also offering vaccines for rough sleepers between 1pm and 4.30pm on Wednesdays. The Christmas opening times are different – the centre will run from 9am to 1.30pm on Christmas Eve and reopens at 10am on Monday 27 December at 10am and stays open until 6pm. It will be open from 9am to 6pm daily from 28-30 December and closes at 1.30pm on New Year’s Eve. From Sunday 2 January it will open from 9am to 6pm.

The Bloomsbury Surgery on Handel Street runs vaccine sessions every day except Wednesdays, and appointments need to be booked via COVID-19: Vaccination Programme (bloomsburysurgery.nhs.uk). Walk-ins are possible if it has capacity.

The Peckwater Health Centre on Peckwater Street in Kentish Town has walk-ins on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

A vaccine bus run by University of London College Hospital and the council has visited 30 different places across the borough this winter.

Residents are advised to check Christmas opening hours.

For more information, visit Vaccine eligibility and booking – Camden Council.

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