The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the COVID-19 vaccine. Please remember not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then. This will help get the vaccines to the people who need it most, first.
With news about the COVID-19 vaccines doing the rounds on social media over the last week, we’ve listened to what you’ve had to say and answered some of your questions.
Starting with the big one – are the vaccines safe? Yes, they are safe. The global impact of COVID-19 has meant the funding, expertise and equipment needed to find a vaccine was quickly made available. The vaccines didn’t meet barriers other drugs and vaccines often face before they can be approved, because of the scale of the pandemic.
Before any vaccine can go to market it undergoes lots of testing to make sure it is safe. Many of the COVID- 19 vaccines are based on ones already being developed to treat other diseases.
Vaccines also have to be tested on large groups of people, usually between 300 and 3000, before they can be approved. Testing for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine involved over 43,000 people! Clinical trials took place quickly because of the scale of the pandemic.
And, having a number of different COVID-19 vaccines means we can protect a wider number of people. We know that weaknesses in one trial could be covered by strengths in another.
Allergic reactions to vaccines are extremely rare – about 1 in 760,000, meaning you have more chance of being struck by lightning! There have been no serious safety concerns raised about the vaccines as part of their approval process, so there’s no need to worry about their safety.
Last week the Government accepted the MHRA’s recommendation for authorisation of the Pfizer and BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Find out more herehttps://t.co/at7IuuAU96
Calderdale Council are writing to everyone in Calderdale who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to make sure they know where to go if they need any advice and support.
If you have been told by the NHS that you are clinically extremely vulnerable you need to take extra care to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19 by staying at home except for exercise or essential medical appointments.
If you do need support, and can’t rely on family and friends, we can help in a number of ways such as collecting or dropping off shopping or medication, walking your dog, posting mail or just offering a friendly phone call. If you know anybody who is CEV, please pass on this information.
We have reached a critical point in the COVID-19 pandemic we need your help.
Firstly we want to thank you for all that you are doing to keep yourself and our community safe. We know how difficult the period of local restrictions and national lockdown has been, but these sacrifices are a really important part of what is needed to reduce COVID-19 in Calderdale.
However, it is important that we are honest about the situation. The rates of infection have increased in recent weeks. Calderdale is ranked 19th in England for COVID-19, with an infection rate of 488 cases per 100,000. This is the highest the rate has ever been in Calderdale. We expect that it will continue to rise in the coming days.
Sadly, we are seeing large increases in the number of people in hospital with COVID-19 including many under the age of 60, and this is putting significant pressure on the NHS locally. At least 24 Calderdale residents have died from COVID-19 so far in the second wave.
The situation is urgent and we all need to act now if the national lockdown is to have the impact that is needed. We must do everything we can to follow the lockdown rules if we are going to save lives, protect our NHS and social care services and avoid severe restrictions over the Christmas period.
We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus. There are three big things that we can all do to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities:
Limit contact with other people to the absolute minimum
Wear a face covering if we have to go indoors where there are other people we don’t live with, such as when food shopping
Stay at home without visitors and complete the full isolation period if we have symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result, or if we have been in contact with someone who has
We never fail to be inspired by the kindness and resilience of Calderdale’s communities during this pandemic. We all know what to do to bring the infection rate down. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.
Councillor Tim Swift, Calderdale Council’s Leader
Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council
Please view the following important message from Calderdale Council about controlling the spread of coronavirus.
It is important we all follow these instructions to prevent tougher restrictions being in place for longer.
Avoid contact with people you don’t live with
Wear a face covering in indoor public places
Isolate if you or someone you live with has symptoms
As National Restrictions come in from November 5th, Calderdale council would like to remind everyone of what we can all do to slow down the spread.
There are plans to get this translated into Urdu, Arabic, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Farsi, Kurdish, Tigrinyan
Remember: Hands – Face – Space