COVID Information Update
Stay At Home:
Hertfordshire is in a national lockdown along with the rest of England as coronavirus case rates continue to rise
Residents are told we must stay at home
Information about lockdown rules: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK
Keep on doing the basics:
- make sure we wash our hands regularly and thoroughly
- keep our distance from others
- wear a face-covering when required
- self-isolate when told to do so
Over 20 million people in the UK have now had their first dose of the Covid vaccine, with a further 815,000 people having had their second dose. It has now been decided that after the top 8 groups have been vaccinated, The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) say that the next people to be offered the jab, from around mid-April, will be, in descending order:
- All those aged 40-49 years
- All those aged 30-39 years
- All those aged 18-29 years
If you are aged 65 or over, clinically extremely vulnerable or a front-line health and social care worker who has not yet had your first COVID vaccination, you are now actively encouraged to contact the NHS and book your appointment without needing to wait for an invitation. Please use the online booking system or call 119 if you are unable to go online. If a suitable and convenient slot is not available, call your GP practice for an appointment at your local GP-led site.
There is a growing resource of locally generated information and resources for people who may be hesitant about having their vaccine, with an emphasis on meeting the information, cultural and language needs of people from Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic backgrounds. You can view these resources for yourself on the Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Care Academy website.
There is also scientific evidence and reassurance that COVID-19 vaccines have been rigorously tested on people of all backgrounds, cultures and communities, and are safe for all. Hertfordshire Care Providers Association have created many resources for residents to learn the facts.
Roadmap out of lockdown
A 4-step roadmap to ease lockdown in England has been announced. From 8 March, pupils are returning to face-to-face education in schools and further education in England, meaning that wraparound childcare, such as the after-school clubs are reopening. Also, from 8 March, outdoor recreation, such as a picnic is now allowed with one other person not from your household or support bubble.
A new cohort of residents have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) and have been asked to start shielding. Over 12,000 Hertfordshire residents have been contacted by Hertfordshire County Council and are being advised to register for support. By registering, they can get help with priority supermarket delivery slots and can inform their local council the type of support they need. We are asking residents to get in touch with HertsHelp, their information can be found below.
Affected By Coronavirus?
For more information and guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic please visit the Hertfordshire County Council Coronavirus webpage.
COVID Information Champions