The Latest Information Champion update – 21st October 2021

COVID-19 Booster vaccinations

46% of those eligible in Hertfordshire and west Essex have already had their ‘booster’ vaccination, ‘topping up’ their immunity once six months has elapsed after their second dose. Remember, the NHS will contact you when you are eligible for your booster – it’s not possible to book a vaccination before six months are up.

Find out more about the booster programme.

Immunosuppressed directly encouraged to get third ‘primary dose’

Further efforts are being made to ensure that immunosuppressed people who are at particularly high risk from COVID-19, together with members of their households aged 12 and over, get a third ‘primary’ dose of the vaccination without delay.

Letters have been sent to those eligible urging them to come forward and get the protection they need. If you’re not sure whether you or somebody you know is eligible, check the information.

Play your Part campaign – Materials that will help you promote how local people can play a vital role in helping to keep others safe and help reduce outbreaks within their families, close contacts & their local community.

Second dose information update – for people who had the AstraZeneca vaccine

With very few clinics now offering the AstraZeneca vaccination, it has been difficult for some people to complete their vaccination course in recent weeks. Official guidance has now been updated, allowing GPs and vaccination centres to give people a different second dose when the vaccine they received previously is not available.

Urgent appeal for pregnant women to get vaccinated

20% of the most critically ill COVID-19 patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated, and babies born to women with COVID-19 are significantly more likely to be premature and need admission to neonatal units.

This week, England’s top midwife called for pregnant women to come forward and have their COVID-19 vaccination, which is strongly recommended to protect the health of women and their new-born babies.

If you are, or know someone who is planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding, information about the COVID-19 vaccine with FAQs are available.

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

  • Fri 22 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 23 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 24 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Mon 25 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 26 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 27 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 28 Oct 8:30am to 2:00pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 29 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 29 Oct 12:30pm to 7:30pm: Moderna
  • Sat 30 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 31 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

  • 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
  • Mon 25 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Tue 26 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Wed 27 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Thu 28 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Fri 29 Oct 8:30am to 3:30pm: Pfizer
  • Sat 30 Oct 8:30am to 2:00pm: Pfizer
  • Sun 31 Oct 9:00am to 4:00pm: Pfizer

Vaccination 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: 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 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”

Wellbeing courses this November

Step2Skills have got a range of wellbeing courses running this November, including:

  • Intermediate Mindfulness – An online course further exploring the world of mindful living
  • Healthy Living – An online course exploring techniques and ways to live a more healthy lifestyle
  • Scrapbooking for Wellbeing – A face to face course in Stevenage that can provide a sense of wellbeing through focusing on the craft of scrapbooking
  • Business & Administration Level 1 Award qualification
  • Functional Skills English qualification
  • Building Better Opportunities – The employment support programme is ready to accept unemployed Hertfordshire residents who would like some support in getting back to work.

Please visit for full information, additional taster courses and eligibility criteria.

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