Coronavirus Update December 2021: New restrictions and booster vaccines

The Prime Minister has announced new rules to help protect
ourselves and others from the new COVID-19 variant Omicron.

For further information visit Public Health England Coronavirus resources
Also: Gov.UK and NHS.uk

Key messages

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.

For up to date, current information, visit

Public Health England Coronavirus resources, Gov.UK, NHS.uk

UK Covid19 restrictions to contain new Omicron variant

[ Excerpt from the Guardian, read full article ]

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:


www.nhs.uk

GOV.uk : https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Winter Vaccination Walk-in Clinic at the Piece Hall Nov 20-21

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.

Open letter from WYPartnership regarding Covid19 this winter

Health and care services across West Yorkshire, which include hospitals, GPs, the ambulance service, councils, mental health, community services and social care providers have come together to ask for your support as we head into what is likely to be the busiest and most challenging winter the sector has faced.

At the current time we are seeing pressures across the entire system and this is only likely to increase as we move further into the winter period.

All our health and care services are seeing unprecedented increases in the number of people needing help. This means most of our services are dealing with a huge increase in the numbers of people accessing care whilst operating with significant staff shortages.

With restrictions eased and young people back in schools, anyone can be forgiven for thinking the worst of the pandemic is behind us. The reality is very different, and the months ahead are going to be very challenging.

COVID-19 infection rates across our area remain high with significant numbers of people requiring hospital treatment. This winter, flu and respiratory illness are back with us and are likely to be extremely infectious after last year’s lockdown as our immunity will be much lower.

Here are seven simple steps we can take together so we can face and overcome a winter like no other.

  1. Health and care services are here to help. You can save time by booking appointments and seeking medical advice online by downloading the NHS App or contacting your GP using the online form available on each practice website. There is a Health A-Z at www.nhs.uk/conditions/ with useful information and advice on common conditions. You can also visit your local council website to find out more about how you can receive the early help or care you need.
  2. Talk before you walk by going online to www.111.nhs.uk or calling NHS 111 if you do not have internet access.  Sometimes you know something doesn’t feel right, but you know it’s not life-threatening and you can’t get to your GP practice or your local pharmacy is closed,
  3. Health needs that are not a life-threatening emergency but are urgent include severe pain, suspected broken limbs and stomach pains. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, the friendly team at NHS 111 will be able to advise you on the best way of getting the help you need.
  4. Jabs + testing = our way out. Life-saving vaccines and regular testing are the best way to protect everyone from COVID-19. It’s not too late to receive a vaccine. Please have your second dose as two doses are needed for full protection, get a booster and flu jab when offered.
  5. Get a COVID-19 test if you have symptoms. Please don’t visit a healthcare setting (GP practices, pharmacies, accident, and emergency) if you have symptoms.
  6. If you are concerned about your or someone else’s mental health you can get help through 0800 183 0558 in Leeds, Wakefield, Calderdale, and Kirklees and 0800 952 1181 in Bradford, or contact our NightOWLS service for children and young people on 0300 2003900. People who are Deaf can text the NightOWLS service on 07984 392700.  If you are worried about a vulnerable child or adult, you should contact your local council.
  7. Continue to be kind to our staff and each other. This includes helping us by socially distancing where possible and wearing a face mask in healthcare settings.

We want to thank our colleagues, volunteers who continue to work hard during the busiest time on record and to everyone living across West Yorkshire for your patience and kindness.

Thank you

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership

Background information

  • West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (an integrated care system) focuses on the health and care needs of local people across Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The Partnership is made up of a number of organisations who work together to help 2.4 million people in the area including the NHS, councils, community services, care providers, hospices, Healthwatch, the voluntary community social enterprise sector. You can find out more at www.wypartnership.co.uk
  • There are different ways to get tested for COVID depending on if you have symptoms or not. To find out how to get tested, go to nhs.uk/get-tested. Please do not go to a GP practice or your nearest emergency department asking for a COVID test.
  • People can get their COVID or booster vaccine at a centre near them by using the NHS national booking service online www.nhs.uk/coronavirus-vaccination or by calling 119.
  • GP practices have continued to remain open throughout the pandemic and see people face to face when it is clinically appropriate to do so. General practice is here for you. Face-to-face appointments are available to patients where there is a clinical need. If you have a strong preference that your consultation is carried out face-to-face then please talk to your practice. You will be asked to first discuss your conditions over the phone or online with a member of the healthcare team to assess what would be most appropriate for you and which practice member would best provide it. You can find out more about ‘Why your GP practice is working differently’ at https://bit.ly/3o3i0uh
  • Many adults, most children and all pregnant women are eligible for a free flu vaccine, so for more details and to book your appointment visit https://bit.ly/3pR1FeW
  • People can feedback to any of the health and care services in West Yorkshire direct. You can also contact the NHS Friends and Family Test to improve patient experience by https://www.england.nhs.uk/fft/. To find out more about how to give your feedback on NHS services please visit https://www.nhs.uk/contact-us/give-feedback-or-make-complaint/  It’s very important people feedback on any concerns they may have or on any compliments they would like to share.
  • A phone call or text could mean the world to someone right now. Darker days can be tough especially for those who may be feeling lonely, or isolated. We can all play a role and ‘do our bit’ by looking out for our neighbours. Check in and help those that need it most. #OurNeighbours ourneighbours.org.uk

Vaccination Walk In Clinic at the Acca on October 31st

Attention guys, gals and ghouls,

On Sunday the 31st of October there will be a walk-in vaccination clinic at the Acapulco night club in Halifax Town Centre for anyone 18+

You don’t need to book, just turn up!

The clinic will run 1pm – 4pm and will be offering first and second doses of the Pfizer-Biontech vaccine.

For other walk in clinics, visit calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab

Download poster here

The vaccine will be offered on a first come first served basis, while supplies last.

Vaccination Walk in Clinics around Calderdale

These clinics are open to anyone:

16 and over who has not already received their first vaccination
18 and over who had their first vaccination over eight weeks ago.

You must ensure that you attend a vaccination clinic which is delivering the same vaccine type as your first jab.

Booster jabs are not available at these walk-in clinics.  The NHS will contact eligible people when it’s their turn for the booster.

These clinics are subject to demand and deliver vaccinations on a first-come first-served basis. Clinics may have to be cancelled or changed at short notice. Latest clinic information can be found at: calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab 

Vaccinations can also be made by appointment by calling for free 119 or book an appointment at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Weekly lists of clinics offering the jab are no longer circulated. To find the weekly list, follow the links on the poster by scanning the QR code or visit https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/grabajab/

The website will be updated regularly with any changes.  

To find the current information about the Grab a Jab initiative, scan the QR code on the poster or visit
https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination/grabajab/

For any queries relating to accessing a vaccine or questions relating to the Covid vaccine please visit https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/covid-19-vaccination/frequently-asked-questions-faqs/

Living with Covid means balancing risks

 

As we learn to live with Covid, there are choices we make in our everyday life.

Be aware of the risks and make informed choices.

Download poster here

You can find more information here:

CommunityResponseCalderdale.org.uk
Council support – calderdale.gov.uk
Grab a Jab – calderdaleccg.nhs.uk