Liverpool residents are being urged to get vaccinated or boosted to protect themselves against COVID-19 as the number of cases continue to rise in the city.
Liverpool City Council has released a video from inside the intensive care unit (ICU) of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where four out of five patients have not been vaccinated.
ICU consultant Peter Hampshire said: “It is shocking to see young people coming in their early 30s, early 40s.
“Sometimes you see patients who die of COVID and they’re young and it’s extremely upsetting for the staff to see that.
“Four out of five of our patients have not had the vaccine.
“It’s fair to say that we know the vaccine protects people against severe disease and death, so perhaps if those people had had their vaccine then that wouldn’t have happened and their families wouldn’t be where they are.”
Over 1,000 people have already been vaccinated at a pop up centre at Wavertree Athletics Centre which is being supported by the army. It is open again today until 17:00.
Liverpool City Council said that a third of Liverpool adults are yet to have two doses, and seven in ten are not yet ‘boosted’.
Check the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group website for more vaccination sites.
Appointments can also be booked ahead online at: www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.