Information Champion: COVID-19 News Highlights

Areas with the highest infection rate in Hertfordshire

The latest data shows that St Albans – which includes the city of St Albans, as well as towns and villages like Harpenden, London Colney and Redbourn – had the eighth highest infection rate in the UK.

Hertfordshire Live

Hertfordshire Black spots: COVID-19 cases by area

COVID-19: Pregnant women urged to take up the vaccine

Covid vaccines are recommended for pregnant women. In a letter to midwives, obstetricians and GP practices in July, the chief midwife for England, Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, said all healthcare professionals had “a responsibility to proactively encourage pregnant women” to get vaccinated.

The Guardian

‘Get the vaccine’: family of Covid victim’s plea to pregnant women

COVID-19 Booster vaccinations

NHS England will be inviting another three million people who will become eligible for their booster next week. More than 13 million invites, including texts, letters and emails, have already been sent to eligible people in England so far asking them to book their booster online through the National Booking Service. The additional letters due to land next week will mean around 16 million invites have been sent in England since the NHS booster programme began.

Face Coverings: Additional Safety measure are recommend for schools

If a school or setting has an outbreak there may be further local measures, such as asking siblings of a positive case to isolate and daily testing for secondary school students, that your child may be asked to take. Your child’s nursery, school or college will contact you directly in these instances.

Public Health Hertfordshire

Compulsory COVID-19 Vaccination for frontline health workers in England

Health and social care providers in England will be required to ensure workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless they are exempt, under plans announced by the Health and Social Care Secretary.
  • Anyone aged 50+
  • Anyone aged 16+ with a health condition that puts them at high risk from COVID-19
  • Their adult carers or household members aged 12+
  • Frontline health or social care workers
  • People aged 16+ with a learning disability or severe mental illness and their carers

People who are eligible for their top-up jab can book an appointment online or by ringing 119 for a booster dose if it has been at least 6 months since they had their 2nd dose of the vaccine. It’s vitally important that the following people top up their immunity levels before they start to naturally decline, leaving them vulnerable to COVID-19

Booster vaccination data updated 4 November 2021
Source: National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS) 

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics Stevenage & Letchworth

Robertson House, 6 Six Hills Way, Stevenage SG1 2FQ

Young people aged 12 – 15 years can only be seen at the sessions below.

  • Thu 11 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 13 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 18 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 20 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 25 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 27 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 2 Dec 4:30pm to 6:30pm Pfizer
  • Sat 4 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer

For those aged 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available and booster jabs for those eligible. Where Moderna is listed, this is for a booster only, not for a first or second dose.

  • Wed 10 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Wed 10 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 11 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 12 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 13 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 14 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 15 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Mon 15 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 16 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 17 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 17 Nov 2:00pm to 4:30pm: Moderna
  • Thu 18 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 19 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Fri 19 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 20 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 21 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 22 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna

Former Argos Store, Garden Square Shopping Centre, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DP

Young people aged 12 – 15 years can only be seen at the sessions below.

  • Fri 12 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 19 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 24 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer

For those aged 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available. Booster jabs are available for those eligible.

  • Wed 10 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 11 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 12 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 13 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 14 Nov 9:30am to 3:00pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 15 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 16 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 17 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 18 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 19 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 21 Nov 9:30am to 3:00pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 22 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 23 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 24 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 25 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 26 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 28 Nov 9:30am to 3:00pm: Pfizer

Other messages

The £20 per week temporary “covid increase” in Universal Credit (equivalent to £86.67 per calendar month) which began in April 2020 an is now being withdrawn. It doesn’t affect any other benefits, as they didn’t get the increase.

Hertshelp will be able to help people navigate any impact they may experience relating to the withdrawal of the increase (i.e. signposting to Foodbanks, crisis support or other community support or by calling/emailing Call us on 0300 123 4044 or email

You can check benefit entitlement on  a free benefit calculator on and also get information about carers allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other benefits”

Other useful links

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Could you help us share information in your community?

There are always new ways the community can get involved and assist us without putting in much effort.

Community champions are very useful at passing on information to their networks, verbally and through social media.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on everyone here in Hertfordshire but it has brought the community of Welwyn Hatfield a little closer together online in community groups and at home in the local neighbourhood. We want to make sure our residents stay up to date with the latest Public Heath Hertfordshire information including advice from Public Health England and the NHS.

You can volunteer as an individual wanting to make a difference in their community, neighbourhood or someone who works for an organisation and has contact with a particular community group.

Role of the COVID-19 Information Champion Volunteer:

  • Receive the latest Public Health information briefing about COVID-19 directly from us
  • Share this information with anyone in your community and with those who are well connected
  • Feedback on responses towards the briefings
  • Ask questions on behalf of yourself and others
  • Sign up and adhere to Code of Conduct

About our volunteers – We need organisations and individuals who

  • Want to help in the community
  • Have good social skills and are ready to listen
  • Can give and receive feedback
  • Are reliable and dependable
  • Live in Hertfordshire
  • No formal qualifications needed

Please register below

COVID-19 Support Volunteers

We are looking for local volunteers in Hatfield who have some spare time to pick up essential grocery shopping for those who need some extra help.

For an informal chat, please get in touch with us and we can discuss what it involves.

T: 01707 274861

To apply for this opportunity, please fill in an online registration form with our partner organisation Communities 1st. Once registered you will be assigned to us looking after the Welywn Hatfield residents.

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