Statement from Calderdale Council in response to Prime Minister’s announcement

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The following is an excerpt from Calderdale Council’s website
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Calderdale Council is working through the implications for its services following the announcement from the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, advising how lockdown will be eased across the country.

The Leader of Calderdale Council, Cllr Tim Swift, said:
“Whilst the plan of action to enable a relaxation in COVID-19 lockdown restrictions is of course welcome news, it’s important we continue to approach the next phase in the response to the pandemic with care.

“COVID-19 rates in Calderdale are currently higher than the regional and national average and with high prevalence of the more contagious Kent variant in the borough, any relaxation of restrictions must be done so gradually and cautiously.

“The first phase in the plan to ease lockdown begins with the wider reopening of schools from Monday 8 March. […]

“We know how important education is for young people and we’ll continue to work with schools to ensure that this wider reopening can be done so as safely as possible. This will include the continued use of Lateral Flow Testing within schools to identify the 1 in 3 people who have COVID-19 but don’t show symptoms, so we can support them to isolate and prevent them spreading the virus without realising.


If you require additional advice on how we can support staff testing, please contact

“The news that groups of up to six, or two households, will be able to meet outside from Monday 29 March will be welcomed by those who are missing family and friends. However, it’s important to remember that we still need to be vigilant and to keep following social distancing rules to help save lives.

“We all need to continue to do everything we can to reduce the spread and keep the case rates as low as possible while we vaccinate the people that are most likely to have serious complications if they contract the virus. It’s important that when you are invited for your vaccine appointment you attend, to help protect yourself and others.

What are we doing to prevent and control COVID-19 in Calderdale?

We will continue to live with COVID-19 for the foreseeable future. In line with Calderdale’s Outbreak Prevention and Control Plan, the Council, local partner organisations and communities are working together to protect people from the virus and to prevent and manage outbreaks. This includes:

  • Engaging with and supporting communities, particularly in areas of high infection rates, and helping local businesses to be COVID-secure
  • Increasing and improving access to testing for residents
  • Carrying out local contact tracing to support the national Test and Trace service
  • Providing support to people to enable them to self-isolate
  • Enforcing COVID-19 restrictions.

For up-to-date and reliable information about COVID-19, use trusted sources such as:

“Fantastic effort” sees over half a million vaccinated in West Yorkshire

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The leader of the West Yorkshire Vaccination programme has paid tribute to the fantastic efforts of GPs, pharmacists and NHS staff, which have seen over half a million of the region’s adults vaccinated.

The latest figures show that 531,052 people have now been vaccinated, which is approximately a quarter of the adult population in West Yorkshire.

Dr Phil Wood, who heads the region’s programme, said he was delighted so many of those at greatest risk from Covid-19 had now been given a first dose of the vaccine and that this was a “remarkable achievement”.

“We have been working round the clock to get people in West Yorkshire vaccinated as quickly as possible and the success of this is clear when you see how many people we have managed to vaccinate in just 10 weeks. This really is a remarkable achievement, particularly when NHS colleagues have also been dealing with such high levels of Covid-19 patients requiring hospital care. We are also very grateful to our partners in the local authorities and voluntary sector who have been supporting the vaccination programme and helping us to ensure as many people as possible are protected.”

Dr Wood said the rollout is continuing at pace across West Yorkshire. Vaccinations are now being offered to people in the next cohorts  – over 65s and people aged 16 and over with underlying health conditions and carers. Eligible people will be contacted by their GP practice or the national booking system when it is their turn and are asked not to contact the NHS for an appointment

Dr Wood added: “Please can we ask people not to contact their GP practice for an appointment, unless they are over 70 or registered as extremely clinically vulnerable. Everyone else should wait to be contacted – services are extremely busy and GP practices will not be able to book vaccination appointments unless you have been contacted by the NHS.

“We are also asking people to attend for their booked appointments at exactly the time they’re asked to, so that we can avoid queues in this cold weather, and to continue to follow all the guidance in place to control the virus. This is important even if you’ve had the vaccine as you may still be able to spread the disease so please think of others and do your bit to help save lives.”

For media enquiries, please contact: or 0113 206 4625. 

Weekly vaccination figures are published each Thursday for the period ending 23.59 on the preceding Sunday.

For further information please see

Online Seminar on Covi19 and the Vaccine – Friday 12.2.21 6pm to 8pm

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This Free Online Seminar wants to communicate an Islamic Perspective on The Covid-19 Virus and the Vaccine.

Find answers to the questions around receiving the vaccine and what Islam say on the Pandemic.

Free Online Seminar – Friday 12.2.21 – Time 6pm to 8pm

Please register on:

 Ask your questions to Scholars and Doctors working together in the field

Speakers include:

Dr Najeeb Rahman – Consultant in A&E – LGI
Dr Sharif Al-Ghazal – Consultant & President of the British Islamic Medical Association
Dr Abid Aziz – Consultant Chest Physician BRI
Sheikh Osman – Chaplaincy Imam
Yusuf and Junaid – The Two White Muslims
Imam/Dr Dadibhai – Masjid Talha
Dr Hina Shahid – Chair, Muslim Doctors Assoc.
Sheikh Yunus Dudhwala – Head of Chaplaincy
Sheikh Ilyas Dalal – Imam and Chaplain
Dr Imtiyaz Patel – Chair IMWS
Qari Asim – Imam Makkah Masjid Leeds

Hosted by Kaushar Tai – Director: Aksaa 

This is a Partnership Initiative 


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Calderdale COVID-19 vaccination engagement

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Please disregard the previous blog post – the correct information is below:

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group is working in partnership with Calderdale Council, Healthwatch Calderdale and VSI Alliance, and would like to know your views and experiences of the Covid-19 vaccines.

If you have received a COVID-19 vaccination already, you can feedback about your experience of the vaccination process here:

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code on the below poster.

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccination, we would like to hear your views on the vaccine and how well informed you feel about it. Please complete the following survey to let us know:


If you have had a positive experience with your vaccination and would be happy to share your story, we would love to hear from you. Please contact


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Be COVID Prepared

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Key message this week is that people should be prepared to self-isolate immediately, as they may be identified as a contact of a positive person at any time.

People should create a covid plan in the same way they’re encouraged to create a flood plan.

Get the information to hand about where to get help with key tasks if you are told to isolate. Who will get shopping, who will walk the dog, who will take the children to school?

Help available from various neighbourhood covid support groups (see map on or from Calderdale council 01422-392890 or website.

Review of COVID-19 information on the Calderdale Council website

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Calderdale Council is currently reviewing the information about COVID-19 that is on the Council website.
We want to make sure the information is easy to find and easy to understand.

We would like to get some feedback from our residents about what COVID-19 information is communicated on our CMBC website and how this information is set out.

We would like to ask you to complete this short survey:

By answering the following questions you will be helping us to understand how we can improve the COVID-19 pages of the website.

The closing date for the survey is Friday 19th February

Thank you

People in West Yorkshire will be called for vaccine over next few weeks

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The NHS is reassuring people in West Yorkshire that they will be contacted when it’s time for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – and there’s no need for them to contact services.


The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in West Yorkshire is well underway – over a quarter of million people have now had their first vaccination and the NHS expects to have offered appointments to everyone in the first four priority groups over the next few weeks. This includes people in care homes, people aged 70 and over and those who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, as well as frontline health and care workers.


The NHS will contact people when it is their turn to have a vaccination and is asking people not to contact their local GP practice or NHS to book an appointment.


People will either be contacted by their local practice for an appointment at their local service or will receive a letter from the national booking system. This will tell them how to book an appointment at one of the vaccination centres or community pharmacy centres that are within a reasonable distance from where they live.


Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme said:  “We understand that people want to make sure that they will get a vaccination – and that’s exactly what we want too.   “We are asking people to help the NHS vaccinate people as quickly as possible by waiting for us to contact you. Vaccination supplies are delivered at different times and practices will have different numbers of patients in each priority group, so please don’t worry if you haven’t received your invitation yet but somebody you know has. The NHS is working very hard to ensure everyone who is eligible receives their invitation as soon as possible and we will contact everyone in the first four priority groups over the next few weeks.”


In West Yorkshire, there are now 43 GP-run vaccination centres, 8 community pharmacy centres and 10 hospital vaccination centres. The first large vaccination centre opened in Wakefield this week, and will be followed by centres in Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds shortly.


It is extremely important that people take up the offer of having the vaccine when they are contacted to protect themselves and the people around them.


The vaccine is given as two doses. People will have the second dose 10-12 weeks after having the first dose; this will either be booked when making their first appointment or the NHS will be in touch to follow up at the right time.


People who have had the vaccine are reminded that they still need to follow national Government guidance to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.


For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in West Yorkshire, visit:

Covid Live Q&A: Vaccinating Calderdale Thursday 4th Feb @ 19:00 UTC

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Calderdale MBC will be hosting a live Q&A session over Facebook regarding the Covid vaccination programme in Calderdale.

Have you got a question about the COVID-19 vaccination programme in Calderdale?

Tune in to Calderdale Council’s Facebook for their LIVE Q&A session on Thursday 4th February at 7.00 pm and have your questions answered live by their panel.   To join please go to the Calderdale Council Facebook Page, Events section



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Neil Smurthwaithe
Geetha Chandrasekaran


Covid vaccination in West Yorkshire and snow media statement

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Vaccination centres in West Yorkshire continue to be open for business delivering vaccines to patients who have a booked appointment.

However, we are advising those people who have booked a COVID-19 vaccination today to only travel if they feel safe and confident in doing so. Their safety is very important to us and if there is any doubt, people should rearrange their appointment for another time. In particular, we are advising people not to travel to the centre at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield for their vaccination today because of particularly bad conditions in that area. Anyone with an appointment at John Smith’s today can rebook using the contact details provided on their booking letter.

No-one will lose their opportunity to have a vaccine. People who have been invited through the national booking system can call them to rearrange their appointment and will get an alternative date for their vaccination. Those who have been offered a vaccine through their GP should contact their practice directly to rearrange if they cannot make their appointment.

NHS telephone lines will be very busy today with people calling to rearrange their appointments, so people shouldn’t worry if they don’t get through straight away. We will make sure everyone who needs to reschedule their vaccination gets a new appointment as soon as possible.


Dr Phil Wood, Senior Responsible Officer for the West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme