Continue to Keep yourself and others SAFE
Cases of COVID-19 are currently falling but the most important thing right now is for us all to keep doing the things which stop infection – and keep each other safe by doing the basics:
- get vaccinated if you’re 18 or over,
- have a PCR test if you have symptoms and self-isolate if you are positive
- self-isolate if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace, or when advised to by the NHS COVID-19 app.
- keep washing your hands thoroughly and regularly, Wear face-coverings when you can
- ventilate workplaces and social spaces
- take a rapid or ‘lateral flow’ test twice a week, if you don’t have symptoms and self-isolate if the test is positive and get a PCR test.
Many shops, businesses, employers and individuals will choose to continue with social distancing and wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas. You can read more about the step 4 rules Click Here
Our vaccination programme is still continuing at great pace, for all age groups aged 60 and above, at least 90% have had both doses. Among the most recently eligible 18 to 29-year-old group 65.2% have had one dose and 21.8% have had both. There is a vaccine clinic at the Herts Pride event on Saturday, 14 August and a Super Sunday event at Watford Football Club on 22 August. Click Here for details of all the walk-in and pop-up clinics coming up in Hertfordshire and West Essex.
You can still book an appointment online Click Here , or by calling 119.
The vaccine programme will soon include 16 and 17-year olds and vulnerable 12 to 15-year-olds, alongside ‘boosters’ for the older age groups. More information will be available soon on these cohorts.
Please get vaccinated – don’t let a case of COVID spoil your summer Click Here for information and support.
Pregnancy and vaccination
There’s increasing evidence that pregnant women who catch COVID-19 can be at greater risk of getting severely ill with the virus, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy or those with underlying health conditions. If they get ill, they are more likely to develop complications, which may result in admission to intensive care and premature birth of their baby. Local maternity services are reinforcing messages from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives with messages shared on social media and letters being sent to pregnant patients and health and care employees. We would appreciate your support with sharing these messages and pointing to advice and resources on this topic on the Healthier Future website Click Here
Changes to self-isolation requirements come into effect on Monday 16 August
The new self-isolation rules mean that adults who are fully vaccinated, and those aged under 18, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate if they are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case. People will still be advised to take a PCR test and will need to self-isolate if they test positive to reduce the risk of onward transmission. The relaxation will not apply to users of the NHS COVID-19 app as if you’ve been ‘pinged’ via that app, self-isolation will continue to be advisory rather than a legal requirement. However, fewer contacts of people with coronavirus will be told to isolate by the NHS COVID-19 app following a recent update; the app will now only look back at contacts two days before someone who tests positive, as opposed to the five days of contacts the app was tracking before.
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 free 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. See link below for more details.
Twice weekly rapid testing enables us to find cases and prevent the spread of infection. Getting into the habit of twice weekly testing helps to keep our friends and family safe, and alongside the vaccination programme, will help ensure we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown. More information can be found at: Click Here
Anyone who thinks that they might have COVID symptoms must take a PCR test, either by ordering one to be delivered to their home, or by attending one of the test centres in our area. They must then self-isolate while they wait for the results. This approach means that if the person does test positive, they can be supported to self-isolate if necessary. Test and Trace staff will also work with them to contact and advise friends, family members or colleagues who might have been infected.
Book a PCR test at: 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
For more information and guidance for Residents and Businesses during the pandemic please Click Here
Continue to develop PSRA’s ability to communicate effectively with all residents
Communication is the 3rd PSRA Key Area of Focus