covid19

Piece Hall vaccination Walk-in Clinic 18-20 June (Pfizer/BioNTech)

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There will be Walk-in clinics in the Piece Hall from the 18th to 20th of June, offering the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to protect against Covid-19/Sars-CoV-2.

The clinic wants to facilitate the vaccination of those over 25 and under 30 who haven’t had their first dose of the vaccine or those over 25 who are at higher risk. Those who had their first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech 8 weeks ago can have their second dose.

 

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The clinics will run as follows:

Friday 18th June 4pm – 7pm

Saturday 19th June 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 20th June 10 am – 5 pm

 

Only the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will be available. It will be provided subject to availability on a first come first serve basis.

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you should not attend this clinic. For more information, ring 119.

Covid-19 Vaccine and Fertility Q&A Friday 11 June

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A women only Q&A session at Halifax Opportunities Trust Centre on Hanson lane to answer questions about the impact of the Covid-19 vaccine on fertility.

Friday 11 June at 11am.
Venue: Halifax Opportunities Trust, Enterprise Centre, Hanson Lane, HX1 5PG

If you are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and have concerns about receiving the vaccine, this session may answer your questions.

Spaces will be limited due to the social distancing and Covid guidelines present. Spaces will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

For more information, contact covidchampions@vsialliance.org.uk or ring
07495 049459.

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Coronavirus May 17th: What’s changed

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The next phase of easing restrictions is here.

The general advice is to carry on working from home if you can, keep the precautions, and if you develop symptoms, quarantine and get tested.

The 2m rule is now a personal responsibility rather than government guidance.

Find out what you can and cannot do:

Visit Gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/covid-19-coronavirus-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do#may-whats-changed

Overview of changes:

  • Outdoor gatherings can have up to 30 people, indoor gatherings can have up to 6 people or 2 households.
  • Indoor entertainment venues have opened with COVID-secure measures in place. These include cafes, pubs, cinemas, theatres, museums, etc
  • Organised indoor sport can recommence for all ages, with reasonable measures in place.
  • Hotels and B&Bs can reopen for groups of up to 6.
  • Funerals, weddings and other commemorative events are no longer limited but may be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
  • Care home residents can have up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
  • All higher education students are able to access in-person teaching.
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits have been increased to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally.

For the latest information on COVID-19 always use reliable sources, such as:

Calderdale Council: www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus
UK official Government info website: www.Gov.uk
NHS UK website: www.nhs.uk

 

Calderdale COVID-19 vaccination engagement

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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:

https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/CaldVacFeedback/

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:  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/5OWUYE/

 

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 megan.russell@vsialliance.org.uk

 

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Be a Covid Champion and help keep your community safe

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Can you help keep your community / organisation safe as we move towards restrictions easing, and the possibility of meeting face-to-face?

Join our Covid Champions programme!

A 1 hour online training session gives clear insight into how coronavirus works, how to stop the spread, the ins and outs of vaccination and the reasons behind the government guidance on how to stay safe.

With plenty of opportunity to ask questions in the session, there are also optional fortnightly catch-up sessions with our fantastic local retired medical professionals. This means you can ask about best practice to keep your organisation or community safe, get local updates on the situation, and most importantly, feedback to us any concerns you are hearing in your communities, tell us what is and isn’t working. This helps us to adapt information and respond to community concern.

For more information on the scheme and to register:  www.communityresponsecalderdale.org.uk/covid-champions/

GPs offering pulse oximeters to those vulnerable to COVID-19

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Devices to monitor oxygen levels and pulse rate are being offered to those patients in Calderdale that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and suffer from breathlessness or other associated symptoms.

Patients or their carers can use these devices, called pulse oximeters, at home and if the readings show oxygen levels are starting to fall, the patient can be referred to hospital to get the necessary treatment.

Dr Farrukh Javid, GP at Rastrick Health Centre and Calderdale’s clinical lead for Calderdale’s oximetry service said: “If you have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 and are over 65 years old or in a clinically at-risk group, your GP may provide you with a pulse oximeter.

“These devices are very easy to use and allow us to monitor oxygen levels in a person’s blood. If the levels start to drop below safe levels, you can be referred to the hospital earlier to get the treatment you need as soon as possible. So far, GP practices and care homes in Calderdale have received over 1,300 oximeters to be made available to local people.

“This is important because seeking medical attention early in the course of the disease means there is much less chance of them becoming severely unwell and needing treatment in an intensive care unit.”

 

 

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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.

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If you require additional advice on how we can support staff testing, please contact lftsupport@calderdale.gov.uk

“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:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus

“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: Communications.lth@nhs.net 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 https://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/