Covid-19 Information Update Issue 36 w/b 27th Sept

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People are continuing to become infected with COVID-19 and the virus is still affecting our daily lives, we all need to play our part to protect ourselves, our families and communities so Keep Doing The Basics

Vaccination roundup and Vaccination centre changes – As the vaccination campaign enters its third phase, there are a number of planned changes to the ways in which Covid vaccinations are being delivered:

  • Groups of GP Practices are inviting their own eligible patient lists to receive their booster vaccinations using local arrangements. GPS will contact their own patients when it is their turn to be vaccinated.
  • Over 20 additional community pharmacies will begin to offer vaccinations to everyone eligible – bookable via the National Booking System over the next few weeks. Due to an increased local offer, some large vaccination centres will close.
  • ‘Pop-up’ vaccination clinics are continuing in the heart of local communities. There are two sessions planned this week for students returning to the University of Hertfordshire. Vaccination teams continue to liaise closely with local businesses, community and faith groups to build strong support networks and help anyone who is unsure about whether to get vaccinated. Targeted communications campaigns and materials are helping to combat misinformation and apathy.
  • Hertfordshire’s secondary schools are now hosting Covid vaccination sessions for 12-15 year- olds, in addition to an extended flu vaccination campaign and the HPV vaccination programme.

If you haven’t yet taken up their vaccination, it’s important to remember this is an ‘evergreen offer’ – regardless of whether you have missed your initial invitation or fallen behind with your second jab, you will always be welcome to get your vaccination. 

The Booster’ vaccination programme gets underway this week – Protection given by the vaccine decreases over time, a booster dose helps give you longer term protection against getting seriously ill from Covid-19. Covid-19 ‘booster’ jabs are now being given to the following people in Hertfordshire, if at least six months has passed since they received their second dose of the vaccine:

  • People living in residential care homes for older adults
  • All adults aged 50 years or over
  • Frontline health and social care workers
  • All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe Covid-19
  • Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.

When it’s their turn, eligible people are being invited by phone, text or letter to get their booster vaccination either by making an appointment through the national booking service or through an invitation to a local GP-run service.  Please note, it is not possible to book a ‘booster’ appointment until six months have passed after your second dose.

New Booster Vaccination Sites are due to be added to the national booking system all the time, so people are advised to check back if there are none showing near them the first time they try to make a booking. There are no walk-in clinics for booster vaccination at the moment.

For questions about the Covid-19 booster programme Click Here

Pregnancy and vaccination – Click Here

For Rapid Testing Click Here

To Book a PCR test  Click Here

The Herts County Council Roving Rapid Testing service was stood down at the end of September, as demand for supervised testing decreased.

To collect or book Home testing kits Click Here

For Walk In Vaccination Clinic times and locations Click Here

Details of Hertfordshire infection rates can be seen on the HCC website Click Here

For Hertfordshire NHS COVID vaccination webpage Click Here

Play Your Part Campaign

Organisations across Hertfordshire are appealing to the public to play their part in preventing outbreaks of Covid-19 in Hertfordshire with a campaign that encourages people to take personal responsibility for protecting their community by following these simple actions:

  • Remember hands, face, space and fresh air
  • Take regular rapid tests to keep yourself and others safe.
  • Get vaccinated as soon as you can, and make sure you have your second dose
  • If you test positive for Covid-19 or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, self-isolate for 10 days
  • If you develop symptoms, self-isolate immediately and visit www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test to book a test or call 119 if you cannot get online

For the Play Your Part Campaign resources for Social Media Click Here

For all your Covid Information Resources at CDA Herts please Click Here including:

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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