Covid-19 Information Update Issue 37

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 update – Covid ‘booster’ jabs

Nationally, more than 850,000 people have booked booster vaccinations. Booster vaccinations are important to keep vaccinated people’s resistance to Covid-19 ‘topped up’, as it naturally declines over time, making you more vulnerable to serious illness. If you are eligible, you will be contacted by either your GP practice or the national NHS booking system when it’s your turn to come forward.  In Hertfordshire, booster vaccinations are being offered in community pharmacies, by GP practices and at the five large vaccination centres in the area, as well as care homes for older people and residential homes for vulnerable adults.

The following groups of people are eligible for booster vaccinations once six months have passed after their second vaccination. Please note that pregnant women in an eligible group can receive a booster dose:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at a high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19
  • unpaid carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections

In addition to the nationally agreed list above, the Hertfordshire and west Essex Integrated Care System has agreed that, once six months have passed after their second Covid vaccination, these vulnerable people should be prioritised for a booster vaccination too:

  • everyone over 16 years of age with a learning disability or severe mental illness, regardless of whether they live in their own home, with family, or in a care home or supported living. People who have mental health issues relating to eating disorders or personality disorder traits are included in this group
  • the carers (paid or unpaid) of people in these groups.

 Online vaccination booking service now open to 16- and 17-year-olds

Updates to the national booking service website now mean that 16 and 17 year-olds who are eligible to receive one dose of a COVID-19 vaccination can book online and get their vaccination at a large vaccination centre or local pharmacy, as well as ‘walking in’ to a vaccination centre. This group of residents can also be invited into GP-run clinics to get their vaccination.

Drop-in vaccination clinics continue

Across the county, drop-in clinics continue to make vaccinations more accessible for people who are missing out on the protection that they bring. Last week, University of Hertfordshire students were targeted with on-campus clinics. This week Waltham Cross, Waltham Abbey, St Albans and Borehamwood will all be visited. Full details are available Click Here

New pregnancy videos now online

Covid1-19 vaccines are strongly recommended in pregnancy as the best way to protect against the known risks of Covid-19 for both mothers and babies. Plus, vaccinated mothers who breastfeed can pass on protective antibodies to their babies.

A range of resources featuring local maternity staff, mums and babies are now available online including; a new video and a leaflet. The leaflet will be printed and distributed at ante-natal clinics and the video will be widely shared on social media and through local networks. The new website page: https://covid.healthierfuture.org.uk/pregnancy-breastfeeding-and-fertility features more information for people who want to find out more about the vaccine. 

Vaccination volunteers needed

As volunteers have begun to go back to their day jobs, Communities 1st is looking to recruit new volunteers to assist with the vaccination booster programme. These volunteers will be assisting medical staff in vaccination centres across Hertfordshire, west Essex, Bedford, Luton, and Central Bedfordshire. There are indoor and outdoor roles available. If you, or someone you know would like to sign up, they can visit: https://www.communities1st.org.uk/ sign-up or call: 020 3940 4865.

For questions about the Covid-19 booster programme Click Here

To collect or book Home testing kits 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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