The Winter CIS launched by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in November 2023 to provide real-time infection and positivity data to support community surveillance of COVID-19 and help understand winter pressures on the NHS.
The study collected data via a self-report lateral flow device (LFD) results and questionnaire responses from around 150,000 participants across England and Scotland, providing up to 30,000 LFD Test results every week.
The latest report estimates a prevalence of 4.2% of the total population in England and Scotland. This means that about 1 in 24 people could test positive for COVID-19 infection at this time.
The incidence is highest in people aged 18 to 44 and the highest incidence by area is in London.
UKHSA is urging all eligible individuals to continue receiving the seasonal COVID-19 vaccine before the January 31, 2024 shutdown.
You are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you:
- 65 years of age or older (until March 31, 2024)
- from 6 months to 64 years of age and at higher risk
- Living in an elderly care home
- frontline health or social care workers
- 16 to 64 years old and a caregiver
- from 12 to 64 years old and living with someone with a weak immune system
Professor Steven Riley, Director General of Data and Surveillance, UKHSA speak:
At this time of year, cold weather, shorter days and increased social interaction mean the potential for transmission of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 is especially high. This, as well as the possible impact of new variants, means it is not surprising to see cases increasing.
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory illnesses, you should try to limit contact with others as much as possible, especially those who are older or more vulnerable.
It is important that people at highest risk of severe illness and hospitalization from COVID-19 come forward for seasonal vaccinations to ensure they are as protected as possible this winter. You can get the vaccine through your GP practice, by registering with your local NHS vaccination service or you can find a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination site.
Although the main vaccine delivery scheme has now stopped and you can no longer book a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine online or by calling NHS 119, you can still book a COVID-19 vaccine using the jab service local NHS strain or you can Find a COVID-19 vaccination location.
The last day you can receive the seasonal COVID-19 vaccine is January 31, 2024.
After Christmas, UKHSA And ONS The next episode will be released Winter CIS results on January 11 Followed by another report on January 18 and will return every two weeks after that.
The UKHSA Estimates are based on the same underlying data as Positive numbers reported by ONS. UKHSAprevalence estimates account for the known sensitivity of LFD testing and composition of the study cohort.