Fraud Alert from OWL/Neighbourhood Watch: This one has potential to defraud some of our neighbours, or possibly even you, given the prevalence of Virgin Media outages in the neighbourhood that people discuss. Watch out!
Dear Watch Member,
Our victim support team have alerted us to a Virgin Media scam that seems to be trending. Recent victims have all said the same: they have reported a fault to Virgin Media and then received a call from someone purporting to be from Virgin in relation to the reported fault.
This is extremely worrying because the victims believe they are talking to the genuine company. One victim reported a fault to Virgin Media on the Friday and was advised they would receive a call on Monday. The victim did indeed receive a call on the Monday, but sadly it was from the scammer, and lost a considerable amount of money. The scammers are either asking for remote control access to the victim’s computer or asking for bank details.
We have received numerous reports over recent days. This matter has been referred to Virgin Media.
The number of coronavirus cases in Hertfordshire is falling but now is not the time to be complacent. We must continue to play our part to stop the spread. Thanks to the work of GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies, our larger vaccination sites and thousands of volunteers, more than One million doses have been given in Hertfordshire and West Essex so far.
The vaccination programme extended to include everyone aged 40 and over from 30 April. It is important to remember that the offer of a vaccine isn’t time limited. If you know someone who was unsure and didn’t take up an offer to have their vaccine earlier in the year, a dose has already been allocated to them and the health service would be delighted to support them to take up their vaccination. Remember that you aren’t fully vaccinated until after the second dose. Getting the second jab is as important as getting the first. Booking is available on the National Booking Service
1 in 3 people who catch Covid don’t display any symptoms, which means that the virus can be spread without realising it. Rapid testing sites, designed to detect COVID-19 in people without symptoms, are offering ‘lateral flow tests’ across Hertfordshire and you do not now need to book – just walk in. You can also order Rapid Covid testing kits to use at home or collect them from a local site or a pharmacy taking part in the lateral flow test scheme.
Twice weekly rapid testing enables us to find cases and prevent the spread of infection. Getting into the habit of twice weekly testing helps to keep our friends and family safe, and alongside the vaccination programme, will help ensure we can continue to ease our way out of lockdown. Click Here for more information.
Remember, if you have COVID symptoms, you must get a ‘PCR’ test. Find out how to get a PCR test Click here
Expert online panel to answer public questions on fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding
One of the issues which people report as deterring them from having their COVID-19 vaccination, is uncertainty about the vaccines and fertility, pregnancy and breastfeeding.
To help to set minds at rest, a panel of experts from across our health and care system are coming together to help answer common questions about the jab. We’re asking the public to submit questions they’d like answered by emailing or by commenting on the social media posts promoting the event.
The questions received will be addressed to a diverse online panel of experts who specialise in obstetrics, maternity, microbiology, infection control and pharmacy. The session will be recorded and shared so that people can watch at a time that suits them. A link to the recording will be shared as soon as it is available.
Hate crime reporting
While Hertfordshire is generally a safe and tolerant county, like anywhere else, crimes and incidents motivated by hatred can occur. Hate crimes include assaults, threats or acts of vandalism, or any other crime committed against someone because of their disability, race, religion, transgender identity or sexual orientation.
The impact of a hate crime on someone can be devastating. It can cause them to lose their confidence and be fearful about coming and going from their home, being out and about in public places or just going about their daily lives.
Hate crime is not tolerated in Hertfordshire. Hertfordshire Constabulary has specialist hate crime officers to tackle and challenge these incidents, educate people and support those who have been affected.
You can report hate crime online at http://www.herts.police.uk/reportClick Here You can speak to an operator in the Force Communications Room via the online web chat Click Here You can also call the non-emergency number 101 or in an emergency dial 999. You can also report hate crime online at True Vision a national Police funded website Click Here
For more information about where to report hate crime visit hertsagainsthate.org
New COVID-19 video specially made by a Romany journalist for the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen community
Romany film maker @bowers_jake has made a video to raise awareness among the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller and Showmen community about #Covid19, talking about the impact of the virus, and asking safety and religious questions about the vaccine. Please share it widely across your networks youtube.com/watch?v=D4-S7x…
There is a huge amount of resources you can access to get the correct information on coronavirus and the vaccines. False information is often being shared online which can lead to some serious consequences. The government have 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
Videos have been created by some of Hertfordshire’s Covid Information Champions in different languages about the coronavirus vaccine Click Here
If you or your family need financial or practical help and advice with the cost of food or fuel, please get in touch with HertsHelp
PSRA are pleased that we could support over 23 families and some older residents during the past 15 months. Thanks to your generosity £1400 was raised via Justgiving and many generous individuals regularly donated cash to our funds and food to our box at Raj’s, Twinsco. We have spent over £4000 through the course of the pandemic.
It’s now time for us to wind down the campaign since many of the families in need have returned to work due to the lessening of restrictions. In the future we’ll refer families who still require some assistance to The Trussell Trust and The Vineyard once our funds are used.
Once again, thank you to everyone in the community and in our own committee who contributed cash, online payments, donations of food and time. We couldn’t have done it without the whole community banding together!
Please click on any of the links above for more information on organisations who can help.
Over 720k people have received at least one vaccine dose in Herts and W Essex.
Phase two of the vaccine programme is progressing well. People aged 42 and over are now eligible to book their vaccine, booking is available on the National Booking Service
Rapid Testing for 1 in 3 people who catch Covid don’t display any symptoms.
Rapid testing sites, designed to detect COVID-19 in people without symptoms, are offering ‘lateral flow tests’ across Hertfordshire – just walk in. You can also order rapid Covid testing kits to use at home or collect them from a local site or a pharmacy taking part in the lateral flow test scheme (if unavailable online) Click Here to access Rapid Tests
Remember, if you have COVID symptoms, you must get a ‘PCR’ test. Find out how to get a PCR test Click here
Vaccination and pregnancy – new advice
Click Here for JCVI new guidance advising that Covid-19 vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group. There have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus vaccine in relation to pregnancy.
Walk-in vaccination sessions for eligible frontline health and social care staff aged over 30 – they can Book Online Click Here or walk into several vaccination centres when they are open without the need for an appointment. Opening times for staff are available Click Here
The Government has created a SHARE checklist to help and protect you from false information online.
Unpaid Carers – are being reminded to register with their GP practice as a Carer to book their vaccination with their GP and get relevant information, support and advicefrom healthcare services Click Here
Twice Weekly Rapid Testing – getting into the twice weekly habitprevents the spread of infection by identifying cases. You can also book a test for yourself at one of HCC’s Rapid Test CentresClick Here
Vaccination Programme – There is information available about the vaccination programme, including resources for adults with learning disabilities and resources in different languages and formats Click Here and Click Herefor resources in different languages including leaflets and videos in Arabic and Urdu
Keep on doing the basics: Wash hands regularly and thoroughly. Keep distanced from others. Wear a face-covering when required. Self-isolate when told to do so
If you or your family need financial or practical help and advice with the cost of food or fuel this winter, please get in touch with HertsHelp: Click Here or email or call 0300 123 4044
For more information and guidance for Residents and Businesses during the pandemic please Click Here
Rapid test home kits selfie campaigns – Selfies should be sent to: .uk with the subject line ‘Rapid Test Selfie’
“What will you be doing?” #WWYBD COVID-19 campaign
In this campaign, Herts County Council is encouraging people to keep following the rules in pub gardens, gyms, shops, and private gardens so that there isn’t a delay in the reopening of sports grounds, restaurants, and cinemas.
From this week, businesses in the community will be showing their support for the campaign by displaying the campaign message: “What will you be doing?” outside their venues and posting images on social media using the hashtag #WWYBD.
This message invites people to look forward to what they’ll be doing this summer as restrictions ease, but also asks what they’ll be doing to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Herts County Council is looking for businesses, clubs and community venues to take part. It could be a cinema with a letter board outside, a theatre with a poster board for its upcoming events, or a sports club with a street-facing fixture board. Herts County Council can provide posters where needed.
If you know of any spaces in your community that could help, HCC would like to know and can contact them directly with more information.