COVID – What’s Next? Live Q&A Thursday 22 July at 7pm with Calderdale Council

Calderdale residents are invited to put their questions about the end of national COVID restrictions to a panel of experts at a live online Q&A event this week.

Q&A event


Calderdale Council’s Facebook page will host the next in a series of popular question and answer sessions, live from 7pm on Thursday 22 July 2021. The event is called ‘COVID – what’s next?’ and local people are invited to watch, ask questions and find out more about the end of national restrictions and what this means for people in Calderdale.

A panel of experts will respond to questions and explain how we can all do our bit to keep the people around us as safe as possible. The panel will feature:

  • Deborah Harkins, Director of Public Health at Calderdale Council
  • Dipika Kaushal, Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Calderdale
  • Toni Williams, Consultant in Health and Wellbeing: Public Health England
  • Cornelle Parker, Deputy Medical Director: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

Go to to tune in and submit questions in the comments section during the broadcast. To set a reminder, visit on a smartphone and you can choose to be notified when the event goes live.

Choose Well to help the NHS during these difficult times

Restrictions may have lifted but the COVID infection rates are still high in Calderdale.

NHS services are currently overwhelmed with handling COVID cases.

Calderdale and Ryburn PCN are encouraging you to choose wisely before reaching out to the NHS for help and for non emergencies, try different venues first.

In Any Emergency, always call 999.

Do not put off important health check appointments.

For more information, view the Calderdale Ryburn PCN social media places:

Facebook  and Twitter pages.


COVID guidelines after July 19

Since Monday the 19th of July, most restrictions have been lifted, making the previously mandatory guidelines of social distancing and face coverings a voluntary measure.

We are encouraged to adhere to these rules at our own discretion.

Be aware that several places will still insist on maintaining such guidelines.

Many GPs, public transport and closed spaces will still require you to observe these measures.

Please be considerate to others and do not endanger their health for the sake of giving up a rule.

As always, if you have been contacted and advised you need to quarantine and self isolate, you must observe this.

If you suspect you may have contracted COVID, get tested as soon as possible.

There are many options to be tested. Many workplaces require regular Lateral Flow tests. These tests are offered free of charge and it is recommended to be tested twice a week.

Infection rates are still high, especially in Calderdale.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, you may still become infected, you should however have much milder symptoms. You can still carry the virus, even if you are asymptomatic.

Please note: This article expresses opinions based on current affairs. It should not be treated as a guideline.

For the latest advice, guidance and support on COVID, visit :

NHS website : :

Calderdale MBC specific instructions:

Walk-in vaccination clinics in Calderdale

There are several walk in vaccination clinics around Calderdale, aiming to help you get your first or second dose of the vaccine.

You don’t need to make an appointment to attend these clinics.

Click to find your nearest vaccination walk in clinic

The availability of vaccination in these clinics is subject to demand and will be delivered on a first-come first-served basis.

These clinics are open to anyone

  • over 18 who has not already received their first vaccination.
  • over 40 who had their first vaccination over 8 weeks ago.

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

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccination please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for your nearest vaccination walk in clinic

Testing opportunities for people who don’t have symptoms of Covid

The Asda testing site in Halifax will continue to offer tests to people without symptoms of Covid up to and including Sunday 4th July. Open 8am – 8pm and no appointment is needed.

Trinity Academy Halifax will be sending home test kits with students on Monday 5th July so all members of the household can take a test.  Please encourage people to take the tests and return them to school the following day (Tues 6th July). Instructions on how to do this will come with the kits.

Coronavirus restrictions so far

With July the 19th still set to be the date of all coronavirus restrictions being lifted, here is what the current guidelines are:

To read all available information visit Coronavirus, what you can and cannot do

How the rules changed on 21 June

The rules on weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations changed on 21 June.

The rules on commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering changed on 21 June.

The rules on care home visits changed on 21 June.

The rules on domestic residential visits for children changed on 21 June.

Large events pilots from 21 June

A limited series of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

Walk in vaccination clinics around Calderdale

To encourage more people to get vaccinated, there will be several pop up vaccination clinics across Calderdale.

These clinics offer the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for anyone over 18 years old.


Tuesday 29th June, 10am-5pm: Bankfield Surgery, 15 Huddersfield Road, Elland, HX5 9BA
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.

Wednesday 30 June, 8.30am – 4.30pm: Todmorden Group Practice, Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden, OL14 5RN
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.

Thursday 1 July, 9:30am-4pm: Sports Hall, Inspire Centre, Calderdale College, Francis Street, Halifax , HX1 3UZ (Sports Centre is opposite the main building)
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine available for all over 18s.