Covid-19 Information Update Issue 39

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Lists of all the Vaccination sites will no longer be published. You are encouraged to visit the Healthier Futures website where accurate updated lists of venues are published Click Here

New guidance issued to schools and early years settings

Last week Hertfordshire’s Director of Public Health Jim McManus and the county council’s Director of Children’s Services Jo Fisher wrote to Hertfordshire schools, early year settings, parents and carers to recommend additional measures to help keep Covid-19 case rates low and reduce disruption to children and young people’s education. The recommendations are designed to reduce the spread of the virus before winter, including updated advice on the wearing of face coverings in schools.  You can find out more about the guidance, including why it has been recommended and when it will be reviewed Click Here

Vaccinations for 12–15-year-olds

In response to popular demand of Covid-19 vaccinations for 12–15-year-olds,

  • More clinic time in vaccination centres will be opened up for this age group from Monday 8 November. Clinics will take place after school and at the weekends.
  • Parents and children will be able to ‘walk-in’ to these clinics, without booking ahead. To find a ‘walk-in’, no appointment needed session check the local website  Click Here
  • If you do want to book in advance, clinics will be bookable until at least 12 December via the national booking service website, or call 119.

Efforts continue to vaccinate children in their secondary schools. All of Hertfordshire’s secondary schools will have been visited by school vaccination teams by mid-November, with follow up sessions currently being planned for after this date.  You can find information about the COVID vaccination programme tailored to the needs of parents and young people on this local website Click Here

Have you booked your flu jab yet?

This winter, with a possible surge in Flu cases and COVID-19 circulating at the same time, it is more important than ever that we boost our immunity and protect our loved ones by getting ourselves and our children vaccinated. The Flu vaccine is safe, quick and effective and is offered free of charge by the NHS to those who need it most, including all children aged 2-15, pregnant women, older people, those with long-term health conditions and carers. Click Here to find out if you are eligible and book your appointment as soon as possible at a local pharmacy or with your GP. Those who are pregnant can ask for it at their local maternity service.

Colder weather favours transmission and darker nights mean increased social contact indoors – together with an expected lower immunity to Flu this year due to lower levels in circulation last winter, we could be in for a difficult flu season.  Protect your family by making sure you have all had your vaccine.

Long Covid

Some people who have had Covid-19 find that their symptoms last for a long time after initial infection has gone. Extreme tiredness, shortness of breath, problems with memory and concentration (‘brain fog’), insomnia or joint pain could all mean that you have Long Covid.  The NHS website Your Covid Recovery helps people recover and manage symptoms that are still there weeks or months later. The website includes information from experts on looking after your health and wellbeing and detailed advice on coping with symptoms and recovering. If, at any time in the recovery from Covid, you are worried about continuing symptoms (or developing new or worsening symptoms) you should contact your GP to get additional help.

Free home testing kits now available in libraries

Hertfordshire libraries have become the latest place where you can now pick up a rapid testing kit. Nine libraries across Hertfordshire will act as collection points to help you stay safe and well this winter.  Locations include Baldock, Bishop’s Stortford, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Stevenage and Watford, with collection points open during normal library opening hours Click Here Simply ask a staff member. More information is available Click Here

If you have symptoms, please stay at home and book a PCR test online.

Resources:

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

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:

False information and Needle Phobia; Information about the vaccination programme in different languages and formats; CIC created videos in different languages about vaccinations and pregnancy; Walk-In Vaccination Clinic dates and locations and the Cabinet Office Stakeholder resources updated weekly.HertsHelp: www.hertshelp.net email or call 0300 123 4044


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