England's Chief Medical Officer

London
Joined September 2019
I wanted to say a huge thank you to NHS staff. Direct COVID admissions have put them under serious pressure for many months. COVID has not gone, indirect impacts of COVID remain significant, but the current wave of direct COVID admissions is subsiding. ow.ly/O4Hy50J156u
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COVID-19 rates are still very high, and rising again Vaccines substantially reduce rates of severe disease and hospitalisation but there is some reduction of effect over time If you are over 75 or immunosuppressed and the NHS contacts you for a booster please take up the offer
People aged 75 and over, and people aged 12 and over who are immunosuppressed, are now eligible for a Spring COVID-19 booster vaccine. The NHS will contact eligible people to book their next vital jab. Visit nhs.uk/covid-booster for more information.
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Disabled children and young people benefit from physical activity, with exercise being good for health in many ways. Today the UK CMOs published physical activity guidelines to support this. Thank you to the children, young people and exercise experts who contributed.
The UK CMOs today will publish physical activity guidelines for disabled children & disabled young people. This report / infographic will help to fill an important gap in PA guidelines. I’m very grateful to all those who participated in co-production. gov.uk/government/news/new-g…
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With the Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Midwifery Officer, Medical Directors and others, I have written to NHS colleagues about the professional responsibility to protect patients from COVID-19. This includes getting vaccinated, as the great majority have.
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Children with measles can develop encephalitis (brain inflammation). Of these some die, others have neurological disability. Mumps causes viral meningitis in children. Rubella in pregnancy is dangerous for babies. All are preventable with MMR vaccine. bbc.co.uk/news/health-602007…
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Antivirals will be important in the early treatment of COVID. Many thanks to participants, researchers and support teams in the PANORAMIC antiviral trial. If you test positive for COVID-19 please consider taking part. Eligibility at panoramictrial.org.
We just hit 5000 people recruited! This is a huge accomplishment and thanks to all who made it happen! But we still need your help! panoramictrial.org @NIHRresearch @DHSCgovuk
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Latest ONS data show 1 in 15 people in England had COVID last week. Over 16,000 people in hospital in England have COVID. We still need to keep our guard up. If you have not had your 1st, 2nd or booster vaccine, please come forward; they protect you and those around you.
New estimates show the number of people testing positive for #COVID19 continued to increase across the UK in the week ending 6 Jan 2022. Infections compatible with the Omicron variant increased and Delta compatible infections have fallen to low levels ow.ly/1vss50HsLtE
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ONS data show 1 in 25 people in England had COVID last week with even higher rates in some areas. The wave is still rising and hospital admissions are going up. Please protect yourself and those around you. Get boosted, use face masks indoors, maximise ventilation, wash hands.
Latest #COVID19 estimates show infection rates increased across all four countries of the UK in the week ending 23 Dec 2021 ow.ly/3tN150Hli2z
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After a very difficult year for the health system, the UK CMOs want to express our enduring thanks to, and great pride in, the health professions across the country. We face yet more hard weeks ahead. Look out for one another as we continue to care for the public.
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NHS staff have worked with skill, integrity and determination through very difficult circumstances for a long time. As millions come for boosters and pressures increase on the NHS we are once again facing a rising challenge. A profound thank you for all you are doing.
#OmicronVariant latest information 1576 additional confirmed cases of the #Omicron variant of COVID-19 have been reported across the UK. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 Omicron cases in the UK is 4713.
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Almost all pregnant women admitted to hospital, including ICU, with COVID are unvaccinated. This is a risk to you and your baby. It's safer to be vaccinated. Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, Chief Midwifery Officer Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer
Latest data from @NPEU_UKOSS and @mbrrace showing the clear evidence of real world protection from #COVID #vaccine in pregnancy and the hazards in the unvaccinated. Vaccination recommended by @MidwivesRCM @RCObsGyn
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The substantial (up to 87%) reduction in cervical cancer as a result of the HPV vaccination programme in schools is very good news. Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers in young women in the UK and globally; it will be much rarer in future. thelancet.com/journals/lance…
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As COP26 starts it is worth reiterating that the scientific case for urgent climate action is unequivocal. So is the public health case. Climate change will put people's health at risk around the world, especially the most vulnerable. gov.uk/government/publicatio…
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COVID-19 cases are rising and winter is drawing closer. 1) If you have not been vaccinated, now is the time. 2) If you are offered a booster please take up the offer. 3) Ventilation, masks in crowded indoor spaces and hand washing remain important.
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COVID-19 is dangerous for pregnant women and their babies. The medical advice is clear: it is much safer to be vaccinated against COVID than get COVID if you are pregnant or may become pregnant. Please get vaccinated and support people you know who are pregnant to be vaccinated.
New data shows that 17% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated. We are supporting calls from @NHS and encouraging pregnant women to get the #COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more here: fal.cn/3iWwB
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Public health in the UK has had many great achievements in preventing disease and saving lives, including the remarkable work of PHE. Today a new chapter begins with the start of the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID) and the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).
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As vaccination of children 12-15 begins, here is the written advice from CMOs laying out why we recommended Ministers offer vaccines: gov.uk/government/publicatio… NHS guidance for parents is here: gov.uk/government/publicatio… Everyone should feel supported in the decision they make.
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The great majority of adults have been vaccinated. Four weeks working on a COVID ward makes stark the reality that the majority of our hospitalised COVID patients are unvaccinated and regret delaying. Some are very sick including young adults. Please don't delay your vaccine.
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An important message from Gareth Southgate. Please do get the COVID-19 vaccine. It will help protect you and those around you, including the vulnerable. If you want to learn more about the science of vaccines, I did a talk on them earlier this year - gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-e…
'If you haven't had your vaccine yet, go and get it done — for you younger ones especially.' Thanks to @England's Gareth Southgate for sharing an important message about the #NHSCOVIDVaccine. ⚽️ Find out how to book yours ➡️ nhs.uk/conditions/coronaviru…
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Coastal communities have some of the most serious health problems in England but have often been overlooked. The CMO Annual Report shows why these beautiful places have such poor health and why a national strategy is needed to improve health outcomes. gov.uk/government/publicatio…
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