Covid Information Champion update

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6 March From our good friends at West Herts Help, some very up to the minute useful updates and links to resources. Do read and share!

Hertfordshire is in a national lockdown along with the rest of England, with residents being told that we must stay at home. For more information about the lockdown rules, visit: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

COVID vaccinations

Over 20 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, with a further 815,000 people having had their second dose. It has now been decided that after the top 8 groups have been vaccinated, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) say that the next people to be offered the jab, from around mid-April, will be, in descending order:

  • All those aged 40-49 years
  • All those aged 30-39 years
  • All those aged 18-29 years

If you are aged 65 or over, clinically extremely vulnerable or a front-line health and social care worker who has not yet had your first COVID vaccination, you are now actively encouraged to contact the NHS and book your appointment without needing to wait for an invitation. Please use the online booking system or call 119 if you are unable to go online. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available, call your GP practice for an appointment at your local GP-led site.

Vaccine Resources

HCPA: https://www.hcpa.info/covid-19-vaccinations/

BAME: Hertfordshire and west Essex Health and Care Academy website

BBC Asian Network: BBC news website

Roadmap out of lockdown

A 4-step roadmap to ease lockdown in England has been announced. From 8 March, pupils are returning to face-to-face education in schools and further education in England, meaning that wraparound childcare, such as the after-school clubs are reopening. Also, from 8 March, outdoor recreation, such as a picnic is now allowed with one other person not from your household or support bubble. 

Shielding

A new cohort of residents have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and have been asked to start shielding. Over 12,000 Hertfordshire residents have been contacted by Hertfordshire County Council and are being advised to register for support at www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support. By registering, they can get help with priority supermarket delivery slots and can inform their local council the type of support they need. We are asking residents to get in touch with HertsHelp, their information can be found at the bottom of this page

Keep on doing the basics:

  • make sure we wash our hands regularly and thoroughly
  • keep our distance from others
  • wear a face-covering when required
  • self-isolate when told to do so

If you or your family need financial or practical help and advice with the cost of food or fuel this winter, please get in touch with HertsHelp:

Visit www.hertshelp.net – email or call 0300 123 4044

For more information and guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/coronavirus

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