Covid19 vaccination info – as of 15/12/2020

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The following outlines the key messages on the coronavirus vaccine, regarding how it will be made available, its safety and effectiveness.

The information is correct at the time of posting.

Key patient messages

  • Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; they will contact you.
  • When the NHS contacts you, please attend your vaccination appointments.
  • Please continue to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives.

FAQs for patients

How will patients be invited for a vaccination?

When it is the right time people will receive an invitation to come forward. For most people this will be in the form of a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information they need, including their NHS number.

We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact the NHS to get an appointment until they get their letter.


Is the NHS confident the vaccine is safe? 

Yes. The NHS will not offer any Covid-19 vaccinations to the public until experts have signed off that it is safe to do so.  The MHRA, the official UK regulator, have said this vaccine is very safe and highly effective, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process, and continued monitoring once it has been authorised and is being used in the wider population.

 How long does the vaccine take to become effective?

The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of your suffering from COVID-19 disease. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.

Why is it important to get your COVID-19 vaccination?

If you’re a frontline worker in the NHS, you are more likely to be exposed to COVID-19 at work.

Getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as you can, should protect you and may help to protect your family and those you care for.

The COVID-19 vaccine should help reduce the rates of serious illness and save lives and will therefore reduce pressure on the NHS and social care services.

 Is the vaccine vegan/vegetarian friendly?

Yes, the Pfizer vaccine does not contain any meat derivatives or porcine products.

If, and when, further vaccines are approved we will publish information about known allergens or ingredients that are important for certain faiths, cultures and beliefs.

 Who cannot have the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccination is not recommended for women who are pregnant.

People who are suffering from a fever-type illness should also postpone having the vaccine until they have recovered.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

This is all included in the information published by the MHRA, and Public Health England will also be publishing more resources for patients and professionals. People can be assured the NHS will ensure that they have all the necessary information on those vaccines that are approved by the MHRA before they attend for their vaccination.

Is the NHS confident the vaccine will be safe? 

Yes. The NHS would not offer any COVID-19 vaccinations to the public until it is safe to do so. The MHRA, the official UK regulator authorising licensed use of medicines and vaccines by healthcare professionals, has made this decision, and we have full confidence in their expert judgement and processes.

As with any medicine, vaccines are highly regulated products. There are checks at every stage in the development and manufacturing process.

What is the evidence to show the vaccine is safe for BAME communities?

The phase three study of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated a vaccine efficacy of 95%, with consistent efficacy across age, gender and ethnicity. Overall, among the participants who received the COVID-19 vaccine 82.1% were White, 9.6% were Black or African American, 26.1% were Hispanic/Latino, 4.3% were Asian and 0.7% were Native American/Alaskan.

I’m currently ill with COVID-19, can I get the vaccine?

People currently unwell and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until they have recovered.

Do people who have already had COVID-19 get vaccinated?

Yes, they should get vaccinated. There is no evidence of any safety concerns from vaccinating individuals with a past history of COVID-19 infection, or with detectable COVID-19 antibody, so people who have had COVID-19 disease (whether confirmed or suspected) can still receive the COVID-19 vaccine when it is their time to do so.

Are there any known or anticipated side effects?

Like all medicines, vaccines can cause side effects. Most of these are mild and short-term, and not everyone gets them. Even if you do have symptoms after the first dose, you still need to have the second dose. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of the vaccine.

Very common side effects include:

  • Having a painful, heavy feeling and tenderness in the arm where you had your injection. This tends to be worst around 1-2 days after the vaccine
  • Feeling tired
  • Headache
  • General aches, or mild flu like symptoms

As with all vaccines, appropriate treatment and care will be available in case of a rare anaphylactic event following administration.

How many doses of the vaccine will be required and when?

You are required to have two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, 21 days apart. You may not be protected until at least seven days after your second dose of vaccine.

I have had my flu vaccine, do I need the COVID-19 vaccine as well?

The flu vaccine does not protect you from COVID-19. As you are eligible for both vaccines you should have them both, but normally separated by at least a week.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine protect me from flu?

No, the COVID-19 vaccine will not protect you against the flu. If you have been offered a flu vaccine, please try to have this as soon as possible to help protect you, your family and patients from flu this winter.

Calderdale Covid Champions Information about the virus and the scheme

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A very thorough document on Covid Champions, what they do and plenty of useful information on what is coronavirus, how it works, how it is spread, safety measures and helpful links.


How does Covid Champions work?


Understanding Coronavirus and the disease it causes helps make sense of all the rules and laws about COVID. It can cut through the confusion. The rules may change, but the virus doesn’t.

We are only going to get through the pandemic by each of us adjusting our behaviour, showing respect for each other’s safety., based on a better understanding of the virus and the disease it causes.

We aim to give Covid Champions the latest information about Covid-19.

Champions share this information with anyone in their community, however they want, with their friends, their family, people they work with – anybody – when they are chatting, or on social media.

Champions let us know what is and what isn’t working. You can help us to make sure people are getting the information they need, in a way that makes sense, to protect themselves and people they care about. You can help us get this right.

Champions have access to updates and advice as and when they need it, through regular support meetings.

By a wider understanding of this disease, we can use that knowledge to protect ourselves, our families, friends and workmates. We are not powerless!


Any urgent questions?

Feel free to phone me and I will try and find an answer for you, if it can’t wait until the next support meeting.

Colin Hutchinson  07963 323082

Read the full information document here : Calderdale Covid Champions Information Pack v3

Safe Online: From Fake News to Extremism in a Digital Age

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We are pleased to offer 3 opportunities to take part in our Safe Online Training program. This programme is delivered by the Peace Museum, funded by the Home Office and free for participants. If you could please book on and also forward to others working in the community/ voluntary sector.

Sessions last 1 hour and are suitable for anyone working in the community.

You can choose any one of the following dates/times for the training:

  • Monday 8 February            1pm to 2pm
  • Friday 12 February          10am to 11am
  • Friday 12 February            1pm to 2pm

Bookings for any of the training sessions can be made via the following link:


This training session explores false news and online propaganda. Together, we will explore how to tell if information online is suspect or distorts the truth, and what to do if you see online material that promotes extremism

The projects aim to equip you with the understanding of the difference between their traditional online safety learning, namely around online bullying and personal safety, and how the internet is used to spread extremist messaging.

For further information, please contact Jude Wright – choices@peacemuseum.org.uk, 07968 165 744


The Peace Museum 10 Piece Hall Yard, Bradford, BD1 1PJ, 01274 780 241

Community Thank You Call for 2021 is back on

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We had a minor technical glitch with out form but we are still very much wanting to receive your thank you messages.

Thanks goes to Andy Sinclair for his persistence, bringing this to our attention.


To read the notes we have received this far, please click here

Who has stood out to you this year by making a real difference to local people? If you could send them a message what would you say?

We will be publishing Community Thank You Notes across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley on our Community Blogs. Tell us who you would like to thank and we’ll pass the message on!

Click here to post your thank you…



Brighouse Zoom Ward Forum Meeting Wednesday February 3rd

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Residents of Brighouse Ward,


Calderdale Council is planning for the future as we recover from the impact of the covid-19 pandemic.


We want to hear you views about the future of your neighbourhoods, villages and towns. We want to hear how you see work, shopping, education and leisure in the future.


Join in the online Ward Forum!

Wednesday 3 February 2021

Zoom Meeting – 6.30pm start


All your thoughts will inform the planning that the Council is starting with businesses , health services, educational establishments and all our key partners, but most of all local people.


You are invited to participate in the next Brighouse Ward Forum which will be run online as a Zoom Meeting on the Wednesday 3 February 2021.


The agenda will also include : Ward Forum Grant fund, Police Update and Open Forum.


For further information and/or to express an interest in registering to attend, please contact:


Email: Mags.bryson@calderdale.gov.uk or Phone 07748316867


We look forward to seeing you there

NHP Partners Consultation 2021 from 20th January – 17th February

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It is that time of year again where we are asking for you to undertake a short survey with the aim to get your views and feedback.


I know it has been a difficult year and you may have not worked for us in this time but North Halifax Partnership would really appreciate it if you could spare a couple of minutes to fill out our Partners Consultation 2021 via Google Forms as your feedback is really important to us. The link below will take you directly to the survey which consists of 8 questions:




Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Community Foundation for Calderdale announce new appointments

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The Community Foundation for Calderdale is pleased to welcome Rachel Burnett and Amanda Lawson to the staff team who work to give out over £1 million worth of grants each year in addition to flood and Covid19 related grants.

Rachel Burnett is a Grants Officer with a strong background in the NHS, the third sector and grant making. She is responsible for supporting voluntary sector organisations to access grants, processing grant applications, assisting applications and project management of grant making.

Rachel explained, “As a Mum, I feel passionate about supporting our local community. I’m pleased that I am going to be doing something to make a difference to organisations who are making such a huge difference on the ground. It’s rewarding to be able to use my experience in grant making to help voluntary sector organisations to enable them to provide important services  to help people in our community and it’s a privilege to facilitate that happening.”


Amanda Lawson is joining as Finance Manager and is responsible for leading the finance team managing the accounts, working closely with the grants team, and providing information for the Finance Committee and Board of Trustees. A Global Chartered Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in industries including engineering, manufacturing, financial services and NHS, she also holds the FMAAT qualification and has been a Trustee for a Pre-School and a Primary School Governor.

Amanda commented, “I’m relishing the opportunity to join the team and get involved in helping address issues that affect local people. It’s a pleasure to be working for an organisation who creates outcomes that make such a big difference in so many peoples’ lives.”



Steve Duncan, CEO of the Community Foundation added, “We certainly have been busy over the last 12 months, and we have some exciting plans for the next 12 months so we are delighted to have Rachel and Amanda joining our team and welcome them warmly.”

VSI Alliance Update January 22, 2021

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VSI Alliance News & Events

Newsflash from the Voluntary Sector Infrastructure (VSI) Alliance team

VSI Alliance News & Events


Safeguarding Children, Young People & Vulnerable Adults – 4th February

This workshop offers knowledge and practical down-to-earth advice – alongside information on DBS checks and safer recruitment.

It’s important for us all to recognise the vital importance of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our work.

  • Are you working with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults?
  • Have you a clear understanding of your responsibilities around safeguarding?
  • Do you understand your organisation’s Safeguarding Policy?
  • Are you confident around what you must do if you have concerns?

We want your feedback – the VSI Update

Thank you to all who have completed this survey already.

The VSI Alliance are seeking your feedback on our weekly update to find out if we are including the right information for you and your organisation’s needs. Your feedback will form part of a review of the layout and content of our update to make sure it is fit for purpose and as useful as possible.

The survey is anonymous and will take no longer than 5 minutes to complete.

Thank you!


In case you missed it:

Funding available to make homes easier and cheaper to heat
Following a successful application process, Calderdale Council is set to receive over £2million from the Government’s Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Green Homes Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme, to help improve the energy efficiency of low-income households.

PREVENT Calderdale
Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements of CONTEST, the UK government’s counter-terrorism strategy and aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.


Calderdale Council Budget Consultation
You can have your say on the budget proposals by a number of ways. The proposals will be finalised by the Cabinet on Monday 8 February 2021 and the budget will be agreed at the Annual Budget Council meeting on Monday 22 February 2021.

Events and Training

Adultification Training
With the current focus on child criminal and child sexual exploitation the need to understand notions of vulnerability and childhood has never been timelier. This free interactive virtual workshop will explore the concept of adultification and its application to practice.

Working in Partnership to Keep Faith Communities Safe – 27th January
Online partnership event, organised by the Police and Crime Commissioner and West Yorkshire Police. This event will be the first of a series to help build on relationships with faith communities and to explore how they can further support these communities.

Challenges of Safeguarding in Sport during and post-Covid-19 lockdowns – 28th January
NWG are hosting a virtual event with Keith Oddy talking about his professional experiences during these challenging times. Keith is The Independent Child Protection Officer for Swim England and has a varied professional background including law enforcement.

Virtual Event: Exploring the impact of Covid-19 on poverty and inequalities in Calderdale – 25th February
Debs Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council, will be addressing all attendees to set the scene. This engaging event will present different lived experiences of poverty during the pandemic and the latest key statistics.

In case you missed it:

West Yorkshire Police Independent Scrutiny and Advisory Group – 28th January
West Yorkshire Police are creating this group to tackle race, inequality, and the legacy of historical injustices within policing.


Emergency Responders Fund – Deadline: 29th January
The Emergency Responders Fund brings together various streams of emergency funding from the Government and local donors and aims to support organisations to continue their emergency response work, aiding Calderdale residents in need.

In case you missed it:

Local Connections Fund – Deadline 26th January
The Local Connections Fund is a new £4 million fund to help charities and community groups in England that are working to reduce loneliness by helping them build connections across their communities.

Resilience and Recovery Loan Fund
The Resilience & Recovery Loan Fund (RRLF) is a new fund for social enterprises and charities that are improving people’s lives across the UK who are experiencing disruption to their normal business model as a result of COVID-19.


In case you missed it:

Vacancies at Sure Start Children’s Centres – Closing date: 27th January
There are number of vacancies within the Children’s Centres across North and East Halifax and the Lower Valley. Many of these opportunities have become available due to staff progression internally within the organisation.


About VSI Alliance:

All staff at the VSI Alliance are available remotely to support you and your organisation at this time with various aspects of your work, along with providing key information and resources. For support/advice, please contact info@vsialliance.org.uk, or visit www.vsialliance.org.uk for more contact details.

National Strategy for Disabled People Survey

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The Disability Unit at the Cabinet Office is developing a National Strategy for Disabled People. Publication is planned for Spring 2021.

To help the government with understanding the barriers that disabled people face and what it may need to focus upon to improve the lives of disabled people, we need to hear about your views and know more about your experiences.

This survey will ask about your life experiences either as a disabled person, a carer or parent or as someone who has an interest in disability issues.

It’s a REALLY important survey, to be completed by disabled people, carers of disabled people or those with knowledge and understanding of disabilities. It will help the government to know what help is best needed to support the disabled community.


The survey will be open until 23 April 2021. Responses received before 13 February 2021 will inform the development of the National Strategy, while those received after this date will be used to inform its delivery.

​This form should take you around 20 to 30 minutes to complete and can be saved as you progress. You will be routed through the questionnaire based on the answers you provide.

Take the survey