Covid-19

Latest Covid-19 Messages

We're working with partners across the Black Country to ensure everyone in our communities has access to the latest quality information they need to keep them safe in these difficult times.

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Published: 29th January 2021 | Updated: 2nd March 2021

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#VaccineVoices videos - local people sharing their lived experience

Thanks to funding from MHCLG via Near Neighbours we are partnering to tackle Covid-19. Sadly there is a lot of vaccine misinformation, so we are on a mission to collect #VaccineVoices - people from across our communities sharing their experiences of having the vaccine. #covidvaccine.

We are now sharing these daily via our social media and via our Vaccine Voices page.

We’re working closely with our local authorities:

Dudley:

Dudley Dashboard - Latest information on local Covid-19 rates https://www.dudleyhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/localoutbreakcontrolplan

Become a Dudley Covid Champion - https://www.dudley.gov.uk/covidchampions

Dudley Champions Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/DudleyCovid19CommunityChampions

Dudley Public Health Twitter page - https://twitter.com/LetsgethealthyD

Wolverhampton:

https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/covid-19-community-champions

Friday 26th February 2021

After the vaccine videos

New videos have been produced in a range of languages, explaining why it is important to continue following all coronavirus advice and guidance, even after vaccination. You can find and share them from our website www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covid19-other-languages

Easy Read and British Sign Language information

We’ve added new vaccine advice and information in Easy Read formats, as well as a British Sign Language video about the steps to easing lockdown. Please share: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/bsl-and-easy-read

Thursday 25th February 2021

New update from the Department of Health:

📢The UK #COVID19 Alert Level will move from Level 5 to Level 4.

This means that cases, hospital pressures and deaths remain high, but the threat of health services being overwhelmed within 21 days has decreased.

See joint statement from the four UK Chief Medical Officers ⬇️

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Churches Together in England
is working with the Government and people of all faiths and none, as now is the time to see how we can ‘love our neighbour as ourselves’, and as we do so, love God with all our heart, soul, mind and body.

This page - https://www.cte.org.uk/Articles/601212/Home/Coronavirus/Coronavirus_vaccinations.aspx will be updated regularly with vaccine-related initiatives.

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It is incredible news that the JVCI has advised the UK Government to offer everyone on the Learning Disability Register the CovidVaccine.

If you have a learning disability and want the vaccine, urgently talk to your GP to make sure you are registered.

Read more: https://www.mencap.org.uk/advice-and-support/health/dont-miss-out

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Wednesday 24th February 2021

Black Country Covid 19 Vaccine Q&A session 2

An online session with an NHS expert and local faith leaders from the Black Community

Date And Time: Thu, 4 Mar 2021, 18:00 GMT

About this Event

This is an an online session to help the community to hear from NHS experts on the vaccine and local faith leaders on why they think communities should take up the vaccine when they are offered it.

Sadly, there is a lot of misinformation and 'fake news' around the vaccine, so this is an opportunity for people in communities across the Black Country and wider West Midlands to ask any questions they have in relation to the Covid-19 vaccination.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Masood Ahmed - Chief Medical Officer & CCIO at NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCGs
  • Fartun Mohamud - IYES Community Association
  • Pastor Ezekiel Olaitan Obileye - Redeemed Christian Church of God
  • Said Odowa - IYES Community Association
  • Adam Shaban - Ghanaian Community

Our Chair will be Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, from City of Wolverhampton Council.

The aim of these webinars is to bring people together from across the West Midlands to:

  1. Increase people’s knowledge of the different faith perspectives on vaccinations.
  2. Breakdown conspiracy theories and myths around the topic.
  3. Increase social cohesion by bringing people together.
  4. Explore how we can all work TOGETHER across communities and faith groups, to improve uptake of vaccinations.

New campaign from the Department of Health:

Everything we're doing is helping to stop the spread of #COVID19.

Let's keep going.

Stay At Home. Protect the NHS. Save Lives.”

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Monday 22nd February 2021

Roadmap out of lockdown

A 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England has been announced.

From 8 March

Pupils return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Pupils in Wales and Scotland returned on 22 February. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen to enable parents to work, attend education, access medical care or attend a support group.

Outdoor recreation, such as a picnic, is allowed. This can be on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

Indoor visits to care homes start again for a single named visitor.

Read about the changes happening on 8 March.

Source: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Sunday 21st February 2021

More than 1️⃣7️⃣MILLION ppl in the UK 🇬🇧 have now had the #Covidvaccine. The plan is for ALL UK adults to be offered jab by 31 July 🗓 By 15 April all adults aged 50+ and younger people with underlying health conditions should have been offered a jab 👍

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news

Friday 19th February 2021

Helpful Resources:

Colleagues at City of Wolverhampton Council have produced a series of excellent resources:

www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/vaccine

www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/other-languages

www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/bsl-and-easy-read

The Covid-19 infection rate is falling in Wolverhampton but we need to keep up the good work 👍👍👏 http://www.wolverhampton.gov.u...

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Churches for Positive Change
Event by Churches 4 Positive Change Wolverhampton. Watch a recording of the webinar below:

Thursday 18th February 2021

Wolverhampton Covid 19 Community Champions

People who are passionate about their communities are being encouraged to step forward and volunteer to become Community Champions to share the latest facts and information about Covid 19, and the vaccination programme.

With myths and misinformation spreading about the Covid vaccination spreading it is vital our communities have access to the facts and trusted information about the virus and lifesaving vaccine.

We want you to get involved by becoming a Community Champion and encouraging others to share information and encourage the uptake of the Covid 19 vaccine, which will ultimately save lives and help us out of the pandemic.

Find more information and sign up to become a Community Champion by visiting https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/covid-19-community-champions

Saturday 13th February

Today’s #vaccinevoices video is Olivia Birch, City of Wolverhampton Councillor for Bilston North, encouraging everyone to say yes to the #covidvaccine, particularly people from the black and Asian community.

Friday 12th February

Volunteers needed to help in the #Walsall Town centre #COVIDVaccine centre. You will have the opportunity to support people attending the Saddlers Vaccine Centre (formerly TJ Hughes). If you would be interested in volunteering, contact Sunita.LalKooner@walsall.gov.uk

Thursday 11th February 2021

Great to see Elton John and Michael Cane supporting the #COVIDVaccine - "The more people in society who get vaccinated, the more chance there is of eradicating the national Covid pandemic." #VaccineVoices

Wednesday 10th February 2021

Huge thanks to City of Wolverhampton Council for publicising tomorrow's vaccine Q&A with Jaikara CIC, Black Country NHS and a range of faith leaders including Bishop Michael Ipgrave from the Diocese of Lichfield.

You can still book your free place at https://vaccine-and-faith.eventbrite.co.uk/

Read the City of Wolvehampton press release at https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/news/faith-and-health-leaders-host-online-covid-19-qa-session

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Tuesday 9th February 2021

Almost 12.3 million people have had their first vaccine dose in the UK! This is a fantastic achievement! We all have an important part to play to tackle COVID-19 / Coronavirus. The #covidvaccine is the best protection and hope that we have. Please say yes when you are called!

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Just a reminder that the City of Wolverhampton Council covid vaccine page is updated as and when required –www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/vaccine and the other languages page has a number of resources translated and we are working in the background to add to this page - www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/other-languages

People aged 70 or older in England who have not yet had their coronavirus vaccine but would like to are being asked to contact the NHS. A national booking system is available online or people can call 119 free of change between 7am and 11pm. #covidvaccine https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/hea...

Sunday 7th February 2021

  • The UK can meet the target of vaccinating all over-50s by May, the chairman of the vaccines taskforce has said, adding he is "very optimistic" https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-...
  • Church leaders from across England have come together to support the #covidvaccine 👏👏 #VaccineVoices

Saturday 6th February 2021

Covid cases still very high in Sandwell (highest Covid case rate in England) and Walsall (ranked 5th).

Please stay home, stay safe and protect the NHS.

Read the full article via the Birmingham Mail

Friday 5th February 2021

A great #VaccineVoices storey from Walsall, via James Vukmirovic from the Express and Star

Walsall mosque turned into vaccine centre!

"As humans, it is our obligation to have this vaccination, not just to protect us, but protect our entire community."
Read the full article
Express Star Mohammed Noor Miah gets his vaccination
Image Credit - Express & Star - Mohammed Noor Miah gets his vaccination at Aisha Mosque

Wednesday 3rd February 2021

Important #COVID19 update from Public Health Walsall
📌You can now check whether you should be tested for the South African variant in the WS2 7 area of Walsall on the Walsall Council website
The map shows the area covered.

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WS2 7 map showing the areas affected

Tuesday 2nd February 2021

Thanks to funding from MHCLG via Near Neighbours we are partnering to tackle Covid-19. Sadly there is a lot of vaccine misinformation, so we are on a mission to collect #VaccineVoices - people from across our communities sharing their experiences of having the vaccine. #covidvaccine.

Today we are delighted to share the experience of Chimanbhai Karadia, Operations Director of Sewa Kitchen in Walsall.

Important COVID-19 update for Walsall

  • Check whether you should be tested for the South African variant
  • Check to see if you are in the targeted testing area for the COVID-19 South African variant using our Walsall postcode checker

Monday 1st February 2021

We’re delighted to be launching our ‘Vaccine Voices’ social media campaign today! We want to hear from people who have had the COVID19 Vaccine about why you had it and your experiences. We’re keen to encourage as many people as possible to say yes to the vaccine 💉 #VaccineVoices

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Sunday 31st January 2021

Great to see Black MP's from both the Conservative and Labour sides of the House of Commons united in backing the safety of Covid vaccines 💉 which will save thousands of lives 🙂

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Saturday 30th January 2021

In another UK first, a Black Country Asda becomes the first UK supermarket pharmacy to administer vaccine jabs!

  • Let's beat Covid-19 together.
  • Say yes to the vaccine!

https://www.expressandstar.com...

Friday 29th Jan 2021

Tackling Covid Myths - Wolverhampton CCG

We're working with partners across the Black Country to ensure everyone in our communities has access to the latest quality information they need to keep them safe in these difficult times. Tackling misinformation is vital.

👉 Always check the information before sharing

👉 Is it from a reliable organisation?

👍We found this from Wolverhampton CCG really helpful. Please share if you've found it helpful too!

Tackling Covid Myths Wolverhampton CCG