The Latest Information Champion update – 14th October 2021

Vaccinations

With restrictions now gone, schools back and mass events underway again, it can be easy to forget that Covid-19 is still circulating and causing distress and disruption to Hertfordshire families, communities and essential services. It is vital that we all remain vigilant and keep taking preventative measures to reduce the spread of Covid-19, so we can continue doing the things we enjoy.

The good news is that people who are vaccinated are much less likely to become seriously ill. If you’ve already had Covid-19, you still need the vaccine. The increased immunity that a vaccination provides will protect you, the people you care about and the way we are able to live our lives in the months ahead.

School based vaccination programme

Due to the positive response to the vaccination offer from Hertfordshire’s 12–15-year-olds and their parents, there have been some occasions when it hasn’t been possible to vaccinate everyone during the initial allocated clinic times in their secondary schools.

HCT, the NHS organisation providing school-based vaccinations in Hertfordshire, is in the process of scheduling catch up visits to schools where necessary. The details of these sessions will be shared with parents and carers via school headteachers as soon as possible.

Immunosuppressed individuals – third primary doses

In line with guidance issued on 2 September, a third ‘primary’ dose of a Covid vaccine should be offered to people aged 12 years and over with severe immunosuppression, and the people they live with.

National JCVI guidance states that those who are on regular immunosuppressive medication or have relatively stable immunosuppression can be called for vaccination 8 weeks after their second dose.

Anyone eligible that hasn’t been invited for this vaccination should get in touch with their GP practice, tell practice staff they are immunosuppressed, and ask them to arrange a third primary dose of vaccine as soon as possible.

Walk-in Vaccination Clinics Stevenage & Letchworth

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

This venue will accept those 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available

  • Thu 14 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 15 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 16 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 17 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 18 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 19 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 20 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 20 Oct 12:30pm to 7:30pm: Moderna
  • Thu 21 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 22 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 23 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 23 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer

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

This venue will accept those 16+ for walk-ins on days that the Pfizer vaccine is available

  • Thu 14 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 15 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 16 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 17 Oct 9:00am to 4:00pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 18 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 19 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 20 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 21 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 22 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 23 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 24 Oct 9:00am to 4:00pm: Pfizer

Vaccination centre volunteers needed

As volunteers have begun to go back to their day jobs, our partner organisation Communities 1st, are looking to recruit new volunteers to assist with the vaccination booster programme. These volunteers will be assisting medical staff in vaccination centres across Hertfordshire. There are indoor and outdoor roles available.

Tor register please visit: www.communities1st.org.uk/ or call T: 020 3940 4865.

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) https://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”

Hertfordshire County Council encourages residents to stop smoking for Stoptober

Stoptober – the annual nationwide stop smoking campaign – is back for its tenth year in 2021, after inspiring more than two million smokers to make a quit attempt over the past decade. The campaign encourages smokers to try giving up during October and offers support to help them stop for at least 28 days – which makes them five times more likely to quit for good.

Over 100,000 adults in Hertfordshire smoke and it remains the largest cause of chronic disease in the county, killing over 1,400 people in the county every year. Almost half of smokers (45%) have reported smoking more since the first lockdown began, while the number of smokers under 35 has jumped during the same period, from 18% in 2019 to 24% in 2021*.

Join thousands of others across England and start your quit journey this Stoptober with the free stop smoking support tools available now on the NHS Better Health Stoptober website, such as the NHS Quit Smoking app, online communities and an online Personal Quit Plan which will help you find the combination of support that’s right for you.

The number of people who have successfully stopped smoking after accessing the dedicated stop smoking support from the Hertfordshire Health Improvement Service (HHIS) has almost doubled over the past year.

The service is open to all and offers 12 weeks of behavioural support, advice on quit methods and support from a trained advisor to help make every smokefree journey as successful as possible.

You are almost three times as likely to stop smoking long-term if you access support to help manage your smoking cravings, habits and behaviour. For more information on Hertfordshire Health Improvement Services’ stop smoking offer, visit the Health in Herts website at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/smoking.

The number of successful quits has risen from 878 in 2019/20 to 1,629 in 2020/21.


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