Covid-19 Information Champion Update 18

Roadmap update – As of 17 May, we have moved to Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap. This means that indoor hospitality can reopen, and indoor entertainment can resume, including cinemas, museums and children play areas. Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet indoors and up to 30 people outdoors. All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs, this can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households. We are reminded to continue following the rules of Hands, Face and Space. For more information about the changes Click Here

Vaccination update – Those aged 36 or over are now eligible to be vaccinated. Everyone who is newly-eligible will either be contacted by their GP practice or can choose to ring 119 or go online through the National Booking Service to select from a range of vaccination sites across the county.

Updates to the National Booking Service – now offering appointments to those who are recommended to have an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine. This includes enabling pregnant women who are eligible because of their age or because they fall into a priority group to book appointments at a site that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, following a series of screening questions.

Second doses – updated guidance – The guidance around the timing of second doses changed on 14 May 2012 to help tackle rising cases of COVID-19 variants, and provide the strongest possible protection.

• Those in the top 9 priority groups (aged 50+, residents in care homes for older adults, frontline health and care workers, people who are extremely clinically vulnerable, people with an underlying health condition): The recommended interval between 1st and 2nd doses has been reduced from 12 to 8 weeks.
• People aged under 50 will continue to get their second dose 12 weeks after their first dose.

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

Resources

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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