Covid-19 Information Champion Update 17, 13 May 2021

More than 1,000,000 vaccination doses have been given in Herts and W Essex.

Vaccination update – Walk-in sessions for over 40s

This week, drop-in sessions are being offered at our large vaccination centres so anyone aged 40 and over can walk in without the need for an appointment – making it even easier to start to get protected against COVID-19. For a list of venues and opening times Click Here

Anyone who is 40+ or currently eligible to be vaccinated for another reason should ideally bring their NHS number with them to their appointment – which you can find online Here if you don’t know it.  Otherwise, any other recognised form of identification, such as a driving license, passport or utility bill, will be fine.  

There are plenty of appointments available for those people who are eligible and prefer to make a booked appointment – either directly with participating GP practices or by using the National Booking Service

New advice for the under 40s

Advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) on the AstraZeneca vaccine has been updated for anyone under 40 who is eligible for the jab. The JCVI now recommends that ‘‘unvaccinated adults aged 30 to 39 years who are not in a clinical priority group at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, should be preferentially offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, where possible and only where no substantial delay or barrier in access to vaccination would arise”.

Rapid Testing

The distribution of rapid COVID testing kits for people without symptoms (lateral flow tests) is continuing successfully across Hertfordshire. COVID Marshals have been handing out test kits in seven locations this week and more than 36,000 test kits have been handed out so far by Hertfordshire pharmacies. No need to book, just walk in

Remember that you aren’t fully vaccinated until after the second dose.

Remember, if you have COVID symptoms, you must get a ‘PCR’ test. Find out how Click here


The Government has created a SHARE checklist to help and protect you from false information online.

You can find more information about the vaccination programme, including FAQs and resources for adults with learning disabilities and resources in different languages and formats Click Here

Keep on doing the basics: Wash hands regularly and thoroughly. Keep distanced 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:  Click Here or email   or call 0300 123 4044

For more information and guidance for Residents and Businesses during the pandemic please Click Here

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