The latest Community Information Champion Update- 24th November 2021

COVID-19 Booster vaccinations

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago. People who are eligible for their top-up jab can book an appointment online or by ringing 119 for a booster dose

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine

People aged 40 and over

This includes:

  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Second doses now available for 16- and 17-year-olds

New guidance means that 16- and 17-year-olds can now have a second COVID vaccination, at least 12 weeks after their first. 16- and 17-year-olds can book an appointment online at a vaccination centre or pharmacy, or alternatively attend a walk-in vaccination clinic.

Update to the NHS Covid pass booster vaccinations now visible

Anyone in England with a digital NHS ‘Covid Pass’, available via their NHS App, will now be able to see their booster vaccine or third ‘primary dose’ displayed. This will enable people to demonstrate their up-to-date Covid-19 status when travelling abroad. Booster and third doses will not be added to the domestic Covid Pass, as it is not a current requirement for people to receive booster doses to qualify as fully vaccinated. Find out more here.

New advice on when under-18s can be vaccinated after contracting COVID-19

New advice increases the time an under 18-year-old should wait to be vaccinated from four weeks after testing positive to 12 weeks. This change comes as scientists learn more about COVID-19 and younger people gain protection from natural infection that lasts them for a few months. By waiting, they are also less likely to experience side effects from vaccinations.

School vaccination teams will check with every young person whether or not they have had Covid since the start of the autumn term in September and will not vaccinate pupils until 12 weeks have passed since they last tested positive.

Anyone who has a booked appointment at a vaccination centre for a child or young person who has recently had Covid will need to rearrange for a future date. This can be done online or by calling 119. If you have any questions about this change, you can call 01727 732062 for advice.

Free home testing kits now available in libraries

Hertfordshire libraries have become the latest place where you can now pick up a rapid testing kit. Nine libraries across Hertfordshire will act as collection points to help you stay safe and well this winter.

Locations include Baldock, Bishop’s Stortford, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Hoddesdon, Oxhey, Rickmansworth, Stevenage and Watford, with collection points open during normal library opening hours. Simply ask a staff member. More information is available here.

 If you have symptoms, please stay home and book a PCR test online.


Booster vaccination data updated 18 November 2021
Source: National Immunisation Management Service (NIMS) 

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics Hatfield, Stevenage & Letchworth

Queensway Health Centre, Hatfield. AL10 0LF

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

  • Sat 4 Dec 10:00am to 3:30pm: Pfizer

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

Walk-in clinics for 12-17 year olds. Most will get their vaccine at school but you can also book an appointment online or walk-in to on of the sessions below.

  • 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
  • Thu 9 Dec 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 11 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer

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

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 24 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • 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: Moderna
  • Fri 26 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 27 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 28 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 29 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Mon 29 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 30 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 1 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Wed 1 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 2 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 3 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Fri 3 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 4 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 5 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer

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

Walk-in clinics for 12-17 year olds. Most will get their vaccine at school but you can also book an appointment online or walk-in to on of the sessions below.

  • Wed 24 Nov 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 1 Dec 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 8 Dec 4:30pm to 6:30pm: Pfizer

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

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

  • 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
  • Sat 27 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Sun 28 Nov 9:30am to 3:00pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 29 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 30 Nov 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 1 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 2 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 3 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 4 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Sun 5 Dec 9:30am to 3:00pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 11 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna
  • Sat 18 Dec 9:00am to 2:30pm: Moderna

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 www.hertshelp.net/hertshelp.aspx or by calling/emailing Call us on 0300 123 4044 or email info@hertshelp.net

You can check benefit entitlement on  a free benefit calculator on www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/money and also get information about carers allowance, personal independence payment, attendance allowance and other benefits”

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