Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG 17 January

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves  and others from coronavirus.

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.

Programme highlights

  • Calderdale continue to offer enough capacity to offer everyone over 16 years a booster and anyone who wishes to obtain their evergreen dose
  • On behalf of its volunteers Luddenden Foot Community Pharmacy has made a donation of £5,000 to Overgate Hospice
  • Boots, Halifax marked their first vaccine anniversary on the 14 January
  • We are planning further pop-up clinics to offer vaccines to: Homeless; those accessing Foodbanks; Asylum seekers and Refugees; those with Serious Mental Illness, People with Learning Disabilities (PWLD); Black and Minority Ethnic communities; Pregnant women.

Looking ahead

  • Offer boosters to housebound and care home residents who were unable to get the vaccine at first or second visit.
  • Offering 2nd dose to 12-15 year olds in school and local offers out of school.
  • Working with more Community Pharmacies to increase opportunities for people to get their vaccine.
  • Will be working on a medium to long-term plan for the Calderdale Covid Vaccination programme to ensure we have the most effective and efficient model in place.

Key contact and useful links

Coronavirus Vaccination key messages from Calderdale CCG

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning group would like to encourage everyone eligible for a Covid vaccination to take the opportunity to protect themselves  and others from coronavirus.

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:

Urgent Community Response VCSE Workshop February 10th

We would like to remind you of this workshop aimed at healthcare services with regards to hospital care and admissions, in association with Voluntary and Community Social Enterprise organisations.

Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm

To secure your place, please email Sarah Garforth to confirm you would like to attend: s.garforth@nhs.net

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (‘CHFT’), Local Care Direct (‘LCD’) and Calderdale Council are working together to implement a new service across Calderdale, known as the ‘Urgent Community Response’ (‘UCR’) service that was launched on 6 December 21. The aim of the UCR is to reduce hospital bed occupancy, by reducing avoidable admissions and supporting early discharge. The UCR team will give those who need it, fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs. People will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital. They could then be supported up to 2 days where needed. UCR is the biggest development in community services within the last decade. Initially the service will be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with the aim of being 24/7 next year.
Microsoft Teams Meeting Link For This Event

We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.

 

Keeping each other safe this Christmas

COVID

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:

www.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

www.calderdale.gov.uk/coronavirus

www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk

Covid vaccinations and booster jabs available Book now

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.

Urgent Community Response VCSE Workshop

Thursday 10th February 2022 from 10am – 12pm

NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (‘CCG’), Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (‘CHFT’), Local Care Direct (‘LCD’) and Calderdale Council are working together to implement a new service across Calderdale, known as the ‘Urgent Community Response’ (‘UCR’) service, and is being launched from 6 December 21.

The aim of the UCR is to reduce hospital bed occupancy, by reducing avoidable admissions and supporting early discharge.  The UCR team will give those who need it, fast access to a range of qualified professionals who can address both their health and social care needs. People will be able to access a response from a team of skilled professionals within two hours, to provide the care they need to remain independent and avoid an admission to hospital. They could then be supported up to 2 days where needed.

UCR is the biggest development in community services within the last decade. Initially the service will be 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, with the aim of being 24/7 next year.

We are looking to link with the VCSE for their knowledge and expertise to see if there are any opportunities for organisations/communities to help enhance the UCR model and support the individuals who are in receipt of the UCR service. There also may be potential funding to support this.

 

Live Engagement on Older People’s Care Homes

Consultation opens on Friday 15th October, closes on Friday 26th November 2021

Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) along with other providers, and professionals are committed to working together to build sustainable and quality services to improve the quality of life of older people who live in nursing or residential care homes.

Calderdale Council and NHS Calderdale CCG are working in partnership, leading on a piece of engagement that will inform our work to build a sustainable model of older people’s care home provision across Calderdale.  

 

It is important that we hear from residents, staff members/health and social care professionals and relatives/friends. Our aim is to gather as many views and experiences as we can so we have an understanding of what really matters to the people who live, work or have a relative/friend who lives in a Calderdale care home. 

 Please click here to take you to the survey that’s relevant for you to complete.

 If you would like to know more information about this piece of engagement please contact Joanna Marshall, Commissioning Engagement Officer at Calderdale Council joanna.marshall@calderdale.gov.uk