Covid-19 Information Champion Update 40

Government takes decisive action against new Covid 19 variant with new rules Click Here

There is also a version of the PM’s announcement on YouTube with BSL

New Govt Guidance Vaccinations and Boosters Click Here

Latest information on booster vaccines
Guidance on booster vaccines is changing. The NHS is working on plans to offer a booster dose to everyone aged 18 years old and over and people aged 16 years old and over with a severely weakened immune system. They are also planning to make booster doses available from 3 months after the previous dose (changing from 6 months after the previous dose) and a 2nd dose available to all children aged 12 to 15 years old who are not already eligible. Latest updates to this information can be found via the National Booking Service Click Here

Click Here  for the latest information on vaccine availability in Hertfordshire visit. You can also Click Here to sign up to the ‘Your Health and Wellbeing’ topic or go here

Face masks rules return
Face coverings have become mandatory again on public transport and shops in England in an effort to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant. Children aged 11+ using dedicated home to school or college transport or public transport must also wear a face-covering (unless exempt).

New coronavirus variant – travel restrictions introduced

The discovery of a new COVID variant which has been identified in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Namibia, has led the UK government to restrict travel to and from these locations. Passengers arriving in England from 4am on Sunday 28 November are required to book and pay for a government-approved hotel quarantine facility for 10 days and take two COVID tests. These precautionary measures have been taken while the new variant is investigated. Further guidance on traveling from a red list country can be found Click Here

Stop Covid Hanging Around Campaign – Please emphasise to all those in your networks the importance of the simple actions below. Around one in three people with COVID-19 show no symptoms, so the virus can easily be passed onto others without knowing. 

Herts County Council has produced three short videos to remind residents why testing is still important. Please take a couple of minutes to watch these yourself and pass them onto others. See the YouTube links below:

Winter Health Guide – A booklet is due to be delivered to every household in Hertfordshire. It provides information on where to go for the right medical support and advice, as well as tips on staying healthy, active and connected within the community. It is primarily aimed at vulnerable and older residents, some of whom you may be in touch with. If so, please encourage them to look out for the guide and follow the advice given. A copy of the full booklet is available online Click Here

  • Keeping warm is one of the things that’s highlighted as being very important in winter, however, with increased energy prices this will be a challenge for some people. Certain low income households are eligible for the Warm Home Discount Scheme and could receive a £140 one-off discount on their energy bill. Click Here to read more

A new Vaccine facts website for younger people – Get More From Your Jabs – is available Click Here

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

For Rapid Testing 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: email or call 0300 123 4044;

Continue to develop PSRA’s ability to communicate effectively with all residents
Communication is the 3rd PSRA Key Area of Focus

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