Covid-19 Information Champion Update Issue 20

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The number of coronavirus cases in Hertfordshire is falling but now is not the time to become complacent – we know that in some areas, including nearby Bedfordshire, cases of a new variant of COVID-19 are present in communities. We must continue to play our part to stop the spread. Thanks to the work of GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies, our larger vaccination sites and thousands of volunteers, more than One Million doses have been given in Hertfordshire and West Essex so far.

Vaccination update

Those aged 30 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.

Walk in sessions continue

Due to their popularity, more walk-in sessions have been made available for eligible people to get their AstraZeneca vaccine without the need for an appointment.

Session times can change at short notice if there are vaccine supply issues and as with any first come, first served service, there may be queues if a session is particularly popular. People are advised to check with the Healthier Future website before travelling to a walk-in clinic, in order to ensure that they are eligible to be vaccinated and that the session is taking place as planned.

Second doses update

Updated guidance on the timing of second doses has recently been clarified. The recommended interval between first and second doses for AstraZeneca is eight weeks for the top nine priority groups – which includes people aged 50 or over, health and care workers, carers and those who are at particular risk from COVID. Anyone who needs to bring their appointment forward can rearrange their appointment online via the National Booking Service, by calling 119, or by checking whether a suitable walk-in session is available. Under 50s (AZ vaccine) will continue to get their second dose 12 weeks after their first dose.

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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