Covid-19 Information Update Issue 28

You may have seen in the press that cases are starting to fall, both nationally and in our region.  This is great news and a sign that our efforts are working, but cases will only continue to fall if we keep doing all we can to stop the spread.

Our vaccination programme is still continuing at an unrelenting pace, more than 68% of eligible people living in Hertfordshire are now fully vaccinated.

Pregnancy and vaccination

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, say that pregnant women can have the COVID-19 vaccination in the same way as the rest of the population. They recommend that pregnant women of any age should have Pfizer or Moderna as a preferred first dose as their safe use in pregnancy is well evidenced. For pregnant women who have already had their first vaccination with another vaccine such as AstraZeneca without having any serious side effects, they should have their second dose with the same vaccination while pregnant.

According to new figures from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System from the last three months, one in three pregnant women in hospital with COVID-19 in England required additional respiratory support (33%), with more than a third developing pneumonia (37%), and around one in seven needing intensive care (15%). It is really important for pregnant women to get vaccinated.  Please share this link to the comprehensive vaccination ‘frequently asked questions’ section of our website, which includes videos and weblinks, available here. You can also find a leaflet with really useful information Click Here

Survey to understand barriers to self-isolation

Have you had to self-isolate in the last six months?

Hertfordshire County Council is carrying out a survey to understand the challenges and barriers people face when required to self-isolate, so that they can be better supported to do so.  People are currently required to self-isolate for 10 days if they experience symptoms of Covid-19, test positive for the virus or have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms or tests positive.  For many people self-isolation can be a difficult undertaking.  The survey asks questions about your experiences of self-isolation, including details of when you may have left home during the 10-day isolation period. There will be no follow-up or consequences for disclosing that you left home during a period of self-isolation. In fact, your openness will help us to better understand what support is needed.  The survey can be completed anonymously, takes around 15 minutes to complete and closes on Friday 20 August 2021 Click Here for the Survey

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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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