Children at Parkside Community Primary School in Borehamwood have been helping to encourage residents to have their Covid vaccination.

The talented young artists in Ash and Cedar classes in year 5 created eye-catching posters to help spread the message of the importance of getting the jab.

Five designs have been selected to help promote the message by Hertsmere Borough Council.

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Councillor Meenal Sachdev, portfolio holder for community, health, leisure and culture, said: "I would like to thank all the pupils in Ash and Cedar class for their designs and for helping to spread the message to our residents about the importance of having the Covid vaccination.

"Their posters will be used within our e-newsletters and as part of our promotion work around the vaccination and general coronavirus messages."

The posters were organised by the council's community engagement officer for the Cowley Hill area of Borehamwood, David Golding, who is working with the local community to promote Covid vaccinations and establishing a Cowley Hill Community Forum to keep residents in touch with information, events and help.

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It comes as Covid cases rise across Hertfordshire, including in Hertsmere.

Infections have been identified in Borehamwood - in the seven days to June 23, at least 20 residents tested positive for Covid, along with 19 in Elstree, Radlett, and Shenley.

The number of infection in Hertsmere has increased in recent days, with 31 found across the borough on June 25 - the exact locations of these cases remain unknown for now.

NHS figures show 93.6 of Hertsmere's over 50s were fully vaccinated by June 20.

In Hertsmere, 5,091 under 25s had received at least one jab by June 27.

Covid vaccinations are available to all over 18s.

Latest modelling analysis from Public Health England (PHE) and the University of Cambridge’s MRC Biostatistics Unit suggests the coronavirus vaccination programme has so far prevented an estimated 7.2 million infections and 27,000 deaths in England alone.

PHE head of immunisation Dr Mary Ramsay said: "These findings remind us once again why getting both doses of your vaccine is the most important thing you can do to stop the spread of this terrible disease.

"As well as preventing the deaths of tens of thousands from COVID-19, for the first time we can now appreciate the huge impact that the vaccines have had on stopping people getting infected, and therefore passing the virus on to others."