Covid-19 Information Update 31 w/b 23rd Aug

Vaccination Updates

We continue to see an increase in the numbers of residents in all age groups getting their COVID-19 vaccine.  We now have around 70% of our over 18s fully vaccinated and 80% have received a first dose.

Care Worker Updates

The new rules apply to everyone, but it is a bit different for health and care workers.

Most will be able to return to work if they are a close contact of a positive case – but they do need a negative PCR test before they do so, and they need to take lateral flow tests for 10 days as a precaution.

People working with extremely vulnerable patients or service users will need a risk assessment to be carried out before they return to work.

Younger people getting the vaccine

All of Hertfordshire’s 16- and 17-year-olds can now have a dose of the Pfizer vaccine. And it seems many of them have already been taking up this offer with  36% of them now vaccinated, as this age group are only receiving one dose at this time.

A single dose will provide 80% protection against hospitalisation and protection could be even higher as younger people generally respond better to vaccines. Some will have already had COVID-19, but this doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be vaccinated: it means that they will have an even better immune response to the vaccine. The JCVI will provide further guidance on whether a second vaccine should be offered to this age group in future. All our large vaccination centres are now seeing 16- to 17-year-olds and they are operating a ‘walk-in’ service with details regularly updated on https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk. 16- to 17-year-olds do not need the consent of their parents or guardians to have the vaccine, but they can bring a parent, carer or friend if they’d like. Anyone who is anxious will be well looked after and staff will be happy to help with any questions that a young person might have.

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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