Covid-19 Information Champion Update Issue 21

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The number of coronavirus cases in Hertfordshire is falling but we know that in 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 – More than half a million people in Hertfordshire and West Essex have now received their second dose of the vaccine. Those aged 25 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.

More people are expected to be invited for a vaccination in the near future. Pfizer and Moderna supplies are limited, so newly eligible people may need to regularly check the National Booking Service for available appointments.

Support for people with needle anxiety or phobia – A fear of needles or injections is one of the reasons that some people worry about getting the COVID-19 vaccination. Anyone worried about needles should let the vaccination team know on arrival who will give extra support, using techniques to make the process as comfortable and stress-free as possible.  Watch this short video from a young Hertfordshire resident who was supported to have her vaccine at Hertford Theatre. There are also some free resources about the COVID-19 vaccine available on the Anxiety UK website.

Walk in sessions continue to be offered for AstraZeneca vaccinations and the latest opening times can be viewed Here. These can be extremely popular, so people need to be prepared to wait and understand that supplies cannot be guaranteed. 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. There are plenty of bookable appointments for AstraZeneca vaccinations available via the national booking service website or call 119, for those who prefer a guaranteed appointment time.

Rapid Testing – 1 in 3 people who catch Covid don’t display any symptoms, which means that the virus can be spread without realising it. Rapid testing is designed to detect COVID-19 in people without symptoms. You can order rapid Covid testing kits to use at home or collect them from a local site or a pharmacy taking part in the lateral flow test scheme. Twice weekly rapid testing enables us to find cases and prevent the spread of infection and ease our way out of lockdown. More information can be found Here

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

Resources

Needle Phobia – Watch a short video from a young resident and Click Here for resources at Anxiety UK

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

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


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