Whilst the vaccine will not make you immune to coronavirus, it will significantly reduce the severity of the symptoms and prevent hospitalisation.
- It’s never too late to get your first and second dose.
- Your vaccine is waiting for you, book online, call 119. Over 18s should get boosted now.
- Boosters will be offered to 16 and 17 year olds once national prescribing arrangements are in place.
- Recent data shows two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron but suggests a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.
- There are lots of appointments and walk-in clinics available to get your vaccine in Calderdale.
- 1st and 2nd doses should be the same vaccine type. In line with JCVI advice Pfizer or Moderna is being given for boosters. If people are unable to have this vaccine type due to a medical reason it may be possible to have AstraZeneca, after discussion with a health professional.
- If you have had COVID-19 you need to wait before getting the vaccine. 4 weeks for over 18s and 12-17 year olds at high risk of COVID-19, and 12 weeks for 12-17 year olds.
Key contact and useful links:
This week’s key messages are:
- Book your booster jab now: NHS.uk
- Two million jab appointments are available this week.
- Download booster assets to share with your community
- People with a positive LFT now won’t have to take a PCR to confirm their result.
- Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to have a first, second or booster COVID-19 vaccination
Also of interest:
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Residents in Calderdale will soon receive important advice to support them to stay warm, safe and well throughout this winter.
The latest version of the Winter Wise guide is being sent to all households in Calderdale, with updated advice on a range of topics to help support residents through the winter period.
The guide has been created by Calderdale Council in partnership with the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is also available to view at www.calderdale.gov.uk/winter. It contains important advice to help with issues that we may have during winter months, such as preparing for extreme weather events, energy saving tips and how to boost mental wellbeing.
This year’s guide also includes extra information about how we can boost our immunity this winter, with specific guidance on the COVID-19 booster campaign and flu jabs and the importance of getting these vaccines. There’s also a section providing further advice for those with health conditions such as diabetes and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
To support local health and care services and reduce pressures on these services, the guide also signposts people to the right care, in the right place, at the right time. This includes support on self-care and the use of local pharmacies, as well as advice about contacting GP surgeries or seeking urgent emergency care. More information is also available at https://togetherwe-can.com/
As we enter the festive period with new national COVID-19 guidelines, Calderdale Council is giving advice on how we can all make Christmas as safe and merry as possible.
With increasing cases of the Omicron variant nationally, the Government has moved to its COVID Plan B. Face coverings are required by law in most indoor public places and on public transport unless people are medically exempt; people are advised to work from home if they can; and from 15 December, the NHS Covid Pass is mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather.
To help people enjoy the festive period whilst reducing the spread of COVID-19, the Council is encouraging people to take the following steps to help protect each other, alongside the new national rules:
- Get the vaccine (and booster) when you are invited, even if you’ve had COVID-19. Appointments and walk-in slots are available now across Calderdale for people to get boosters and first and second doses.
- Wear a face covering when indoors in enclosed spaces.
- Try to keep your distance and limit mixing with people you don’t live with.
- Let plenty of fresh air in.
- Take a lateral flow test before mixing with others indoors / attending any festive events.
- Isolate and get a PCR test if you have symptoms that might be COVID-19.
- Get the flu vaccine if you’re eligible.
- Think about which festive events that involve mixing with others are the most important to you, and consider giving the others a miss this year.
- If you’re travelling with friends or relatives in the car, think about opening the windows to let fresh air in (even if it’s just a couple of inches). Think about wearing a mask for the journey.
- If you are going out to meet friends, why not choose a venue that isn’t too crowded and doesn’t have loud music, so people don’t have to shout in each other’s faces?
- If you’re going to an event, the theatre or cinema where there are lots of people, consider delaying seeing elderly or vulnerable family members until 10 days afterwards, and consider giving hugs and kisses a miss when you do see them.
- Frequent handwashing is still as important as ever, not just to prevent COVID, but other winter bugs as well.
Along with the introduction of Plan B measures, the Government also announced enhanced guidelines for care home visiting, to reduce the risk of transmission and outbreaks. This included changes to the number of people who can regularly visit, as well as enhanced testing arrangements for visitors.
The Council continues to give advice to care homes and is supporting them to implement the new guidance. Proactive work has continued throughout the pandemic to support safe visiting practices and maintain infection prevention and control measures.
For up-to-date and reliable information about COVID-19, use trusted sources such as:
West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is all set to run an area wide ‘Together We Can’ campaign this winter. The campaign started in Calderdale and Kirklees is being rolled out across West Yorkshire to help people access health and care services at the right time and place.
The campaign encourages people to choose well and to opt for convenient self-care, where safe to do so during the winter months.
If everyone ‘chooses well’ it could really make a difference to already stretched services. Together we can make a real difference.
The campaign has an easy to navigate website [togetherwe-can.com]. Here you will find help and advice and tips for keeping well this winter, as well as other useful information on how to stay healthy.
Together we can protect each other this winter. Together we can make a real difference so please:
- Access online services. You can book appointments or order repeat prescriptions through the NHS App. Visit 111.nhs.uk or call 111 if you need urgent medical help 24/7.
- Remember GP practices are here to help and will ensure you get the right care appropriate for your needs.
- Be COVID-19 aware. Take up vaccines and boosters and get a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms. Stay safe by following the latest COVID-19 restrictions.
- Get the Flu vaccine. If you’re over 50, pregnant or have a long-term medical condition, get your free flu jab today.
- Take good care this winter there’s lots you can do to stay well and protect yourselves and others around you this winter.
- Visit your local community pharmacy for medical advice and treatments for things like colds, tummy troubles, rashes, and pains.
- We can all spread the kindness this winter by looking out for each other and our neighbours. Visit: ourneighbours.org.uk
New rules are now in place to help protect ourselves and others from the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
For further, certified information visit :
- Face coverings are mandatory in retail stores and public transport. You are encouraged to use them in all indoor settings.
- Test yourself every couple of days. You can obtain free Lateral Flow Test kits online or via your employer.
- Avoid crowded places where possible. Try to stick to your family and friends circle.
- Take the booster injection when it becomes available. If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, you are encouraged to do so.
- Work from home whenever possible. From Monday the 13th of December, you are encouraged to work from home whenever you can.
For accurate information visit:
GOV.uk : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Since the announcement this week, it means 96% of those who had a 2nd dose Covid Vaccination are now eligible for their booster. This means we have approx. 95, 000 boosters to administer in Calderdale, before 31st January. I am sure you will be aware we are not yet operational for boosters for those under 40, unless they are in (cohort 6), have an underlying health condition. There are currently communication messages being rolled out to the public on managing these expectations, which I understand you have had: –
- The NHS is getting ready to offer more people a COVID-19 booster.
- The NHS is prioritising those most at risk.
- The NHS will let you know you when it’s your turn to get your booster and will tell you how you can get it.
- If you already have an appointment booked please keep it.
Given the announcement and that there was not one appointment on the National Booking System before Christmas in Calderdale yesterday, I am sure this will help to ensure everyone eligible can obtain their vaccine, including those that still need their primary course of Covid Vaccinations.
The site is located at Richmond St, Halifax HX1 5SX. This is near the police station, where Pellon Lane meets Burdock way.
There is a local booking link on the flyer www.tinyurl.com/nhshalifax we would encourage people to use, however the site will be taking walk-ins, subject to availability. The site will continue to add appointments according to demand so please encourage people to keep revisiting the website.
The Prime Minister has announced new rules to help protect
ourselves and others from the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.
- We must all wear a face mask in shops and on public
transport, unless exempt.
Face Coverings Guidance (Gov.UK)
- Travel rules have changed for those coming into the UK.
Updated travelling abroad guidelines (Gov.UK)
- You must self-isolate if you are in contact with someone
who has the new variant.
From December 2nd the NHS will roll out the booster vaccine for those who have had their second dose over 3 months ago.
The aim is to have all adults vaccinated by the end of January 2022.
The NHS will contact you when it is your turn to book an appointment. You can keep an eye out for drop-in clinics where you don’t need to book an appointment.
The information above was correct at the time of publication.
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The Government is putting in place additional restrictions following more occurrences of the Omicron variant of Coronavirus.
Face coverings are now Mandatory in all indoor spaces, including shops, public transport (buses, trains, etc).
All arrivals to the UK must take a PCR on or before day 2 of arrival and self isolate until they receive a negative result.
Boris Johnson has expressed “absolute confidence” that people will enjoy a better Christmas this year than last, despite reimposing a range of restrictions – including compulsory mask-wearing – to combat the new, highly transmissible Omicron variant of Covid-19.
The Omicron variant can affect those who are doubly vaccinated and has a higher re-infection rate.
You are encouraged to receive a booster jab if it has been 6 months since your 2nd vaccination.
The vaccination for 12-15 year olds is now rolled out.
For accurate information visit:
GOV.uk : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
There is a unique opportunity to receive your Covid-19 jab and the NHS flu jab this weekend at the Piece Hall. No appointment needed and all three doses (1st, 2nd and booster) will be available!
Saturday 20th November, 10am-2pm
Sunday 21st November, 10am-4pm
Vaccinations will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
Covid first and second doses available for anyone 16+.
Please note, you need to wait at least 8 weeks from your first dose to receive the second dose.
Booster jabs available for those who had their second dose on or before the 22nd May 2021.
Please note that people who are severely immunosuppressed should bring a letter from their specialist or GP confirming the need for a third primary dose to receive this additional vaccination.