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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Image Credit: Gov.uk

Published: 29th January 2021 | Updated: 16th June 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.

Covid-19 Vaccine Webinars

TCT and Black Country Near Neighbours are partnering along with Jaikara, Black Country NHS and Healthier Futures Black Country & West Birmingham to deliver effective, up to date information on the vaccine to communities throughout the Black Country via a series of webinars.

Third Vaccine Webinar

An online session with NHS experts and community organisations.

*This event has BSL interpretation*

This is a session to help the community to hear from NHS experts on the vaccine and local community leaders on why they think communities should take up the vaccine when they are offered it. It’s was an opportunity to ask any questions in relation to the Covid-19 vaccinations. This is the third in its series, and focused on Polish, Roma, Refugees, Homeless, Gypsy and Traveller communities.

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.

Speakers included:

* Dr Masood Ahmed - Chief Medical Officer & CCIO at NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCGs

* Jennifer Pearson Midlands Lead Chief Nursing Officer BME Strategic Advisory Group Lead Vaccination Nurse

* Elizabeth Kardynal - European Welfare Association

* Mariana Plamadeala - Romani Uniti din Anglia CIC

* Paster José Galindez - Founder & Director of The Place of the Nations Christian Centre C.I.C

* Paul Watson - Director of Charitable Operations Enterprise Homes Group

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

Increase people’s knowledge of the different faith and community perspectives on vaccinations.

Breakdown conspiracy theories and myths around the topic.

Increase social cohesion by bringing people together.

Explore how we can all work TOGETHER across communities and faith groups, to improve uptake of vaccinations.

Vaccine Webinar 2 - Thursday 4th March 2021

This is a recording of an online session with an NHS expert and local faith leaders from the Black and African Community, with BSL interpretation.

Members of the community to heard 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.

Speakers included:

  • 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
  • Jennifer Pearson, Lead Vaccination Nurse and Chair CNO delivery Group NHSE Midland and Midlands Lead Chief Nursing Officer (England) BME Strategic Advisory Group
  • Dr Amanda Chisholm - Wolverhampton born GP

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:

* Increase people’s knowledge of the different faith perspectives on vaccinations.

* Breakdown conspiracy theories and myths around the topic.

* Increase social cohesion by bringing people together.

* Explore how we can all work TOGETHER across communities and faith groups, to improve uptake of vaccinations.

Vaccine Webinar 1 - Thursday 11th February 2021

Faith and health leaders host online Covid-19 Q&A session with BSL translation.

On Thursday 11th February 2021 @ 6pm, TCT along with Black Country Near Neighbours, Jaikara, Black Country NHS and Healthier Futures Black Country and West Birmingham hosted our first Covid-19 Q&A vaccine online session. This session allowed people from communities across the West Midlands to 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.

Speakers included:

* Mrs Madhu Patel, Vice Chair, Shree Ram Mandir - Walsall

* Dr Masood Ahmed - Chief Medical Officer & CCIO at NHS Black Country & West Birmingham CCGs

* Moulana Ibrahim Isakjee - Imaam in Walsall

* Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave - Bishop of Lichfield

* Gurdip Singh from the Sikh community

Our aim is to bring people together from across the West Midlands to:

* Increase people’s knowledge of the different faith perspectives on vaccinations.

* Breakdown conspiracy theories and myths around the topic.

* Increase social cohesion by bringing people together.

* Explore how we can all work TOGETHER across communities and faith groups, to improve uptake of vaccinations.

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

Sandwell

Covid-19 infection rates and stats

https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/coviddata

Walsall

Walsall COVID Community Champions has launched

The Walsall Covid-19 Community Champions Programme is being launched in Walsall. The programme is primarily aimed at supporting residents from our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, people with disabilities and others who are most at risk of COVID-19.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing walsallforall@walsall.gov.uk
See https://www.walsallforall.co.uk/community-champions

Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton Community Champions

hashtag: #WVCommunitychamps #Covidvaccine

NN Videos

Near Neighbours Community Videos

Our national colleagues Near Neighbours have produced some short videos in community languages to help people understand the latest public helath advice around the Diocese.

Black Country & West Birmingham NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service Videos

There are some really helpful locally produced videos at https://blackcountrywestbirminghamcovidvaccine.co.uk/resources-1/videos/

Friday 19th June 2021

All adults can now book their life-saving COVID-19 jab!!

If you’re aged 18 or over, visit nhs.uk/CovidVaccination to book yours.

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Wednesday 16th June 2021

If you're aged 21 or over, or if you turn 21 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine.
👉 www.nhs.uk/CovidVaccination

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15th June 2021

If you're aged 23 or over, or if you turn 23 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine.

👉 nhs.uk/CovidVaccination

14th June 2021

The government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3.

Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on www.gov.uk/

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.

However, some restrictions will change on 21 June. From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:

  • weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
  • commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
  • large events pilots
  • care home visits
  • domestic residential visits for children

Source: Gov.uk

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12th June 2021

The new #COVID19 variants are increasing the risk of spreading. Huge thanks to Dudley Council for producing these new advice leaflets 👇👆

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10th June 2021

Tuesday 8th June 2021

If you're aged 25 or over, or if you turn 25 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine.

👉 nhs.uk/CovidVaccination

Over 25s

Wednesday 26th May 2021

Vaccines hit new high as all over-30s offered jabs

Vaccination rates are approaching all-time highs and the coming weeks will bring record-breaking numbers as jabs are opened up today to everyone aged over 30.

More than four million doses have been given in a week for the first time since March and ministers hope that the number will rise to more than 4.5 million, adding to optimism that restrictions can end as planned.

Source: The Times

Tuesday 25th May 2021

Over 465,000 receive both doses of Covid vaccine in Black Country and Staffordshire

Source: Express & Star

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are highly effective against the variant identified in India after two doses, a study has found.

Source: BBC News

Saturday 22nd May

The coronavirus vaccine rollout is expanding to people aged 32 and 33 from today.

A further one million people will be able to book a COVID jab following the latest change, with a total of 50 million jabs expected to be administered by the end of Saturday.


Source: Sky News

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Thursday 20th May

If you're aged 34 or over, or if you turn 34 before 1 July 2021, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccine.

➡️ nhs.uk/CovidVaccination

Monday 17th May

More reopening - Roadmap Stage 3

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Covid-19: Lockdowns ease in England

People must continue to play their part in stopping coronavirus, Boris Johnson has said, as lockdown rules ease in England, Wales and most of Scotland.

Millions of people can now socialise indoors in limited numbers, hug loved ones and visit pubs and restaurants inside again.

The ban on foreign travel has also been lifted and replaced with new rules.

But Mr Johnson said everyone still needed to be cautious, and also to get tested twice a week.

"Together we have reached another milestone in our road map out of lockdown, but we must take this next step with a heavy dose of caution," the prime minister said.

He added: "Everyone must play their part by getting tested twice a week, coming forward for your vaccine when called, and remembering hands, face, space and fresh air.

"I urge everyone to be cautious and take responsibility when enjoying new freedoms today in order to keep the virus at bay."

How have the rules changed?

England:

  • People can now meet indoors in groups of up to six or two households, or in groups of up to 30 outdoors. Overnight stays are allowed
  • Pubs, bars and restaurants can serve customers indoors
  • Museums, cinemas, children's play areas, theatres, concert halls and sports stadiums can all reopen, as can hotels
  • Social distancing guidance is changing and contact with other households like hugs is a matter of personal choice

Source: BBC News

Friday 14th May

38 or over? Book your life-saving Covid-19 jab today!

People aged 38 and over are now able to book their life-saving Covid-19 vaccine.

Anyone who is either over 38, or who will turn 38,before July 1 are encouraged to arrange their vaccine appointment through the national booking website, www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine.

The vaccine is also currently available to anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; people with a learning disability; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if their carer falls ill.

People who are eligible for, but have not yet had, their first jab are asked to get it as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile an increasing number of people are now receiving their second dose, giving them greater protection against the deadly virus.

Latest figures show that nearly 194,000 Covid-19 jabs have been administed in Wolverhampton, with 130,723 people receiving their first dose and 63,229 people fully vaccinated after having both.

John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, said: “The vaccine is the best protection we have against Covid-19, and the latest evidence shows that even just a single dose can cut transmission to others by up to half.

“By getting your jab, you are not only helping to protect yourself, but also your family and the wider community – so if you are aged 38 or over, or fall into one of the other categories for eligibility, please book your vaccination as soon as poossible.”

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/vaccine or www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. People will need to register with a GP surgery in England in order to receive the vaccine. For more details, please visit www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/gps.

John added: “Please remember that even once you have had both doses of the vaccine, you must still continue to adhere to the measures the Government has put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, and follow the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidance. Please also have a regular Covid-19 rapid test.”

For details of rapid testing, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/get-tested. Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, which include a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, must immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirusand on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. Further details of the restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert

Friday 30th April

TCT are delighted to be working with colleagues in Wolverhamton to promote the The Refugee & Migrant Centre COVID-19 vaccination campaign

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If you are a RMC client and are interested in taking the vaccine you can attend The Refugee & Migrant Centre Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4NB 2pm and 4pm every Wednesday. If you need telephone support to book your vaccine and live in Whitmore Reans please call or text: 07596 453303 Alternatively, if you are over 42 years old, you can self book your vaccine by calling: 01902 916994 For more information on the COVID-19 Vaccine, please visit: wolverhampton.gov.uk/vaccine

Wednesday 28th April

More good vaccine news!

Research by Public Health England shows that one dose of COVID19 vaccine can cut household transmission by up to half!

Studies have already demonstrated that being vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19) significantly reduces your risk of being infected.

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Saturday 24th April

More great news as we seek to battle COVID19 by increasing #covidvaccine estates across all of our communities 🥳 More than half the UK's total population has now had a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. https://news.sky.com/story/hal...

Thursday 22nd April

Vaccine uptake in over-50s in England at 95%

Vaccine uptake in over-50s in England has hit 95%, NHS data shows. Among those aged 45-49, take-up is now 59% after vaccinations started being offered to this age group earlier this month.

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

Monday 19th April

Update from Wolverhampton City Council:

Covid-19 infection rate:

Latest figures show there were 28.7 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 13 April. That means 75 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

Covid-19 home test kits:

Free rapid Covid-19 home test kits can now be picked up at even more locations in Wolverhampton. These include the Civic Centre, Pendeford Library and The Hub at Ashmore Park; the PCR test centres at Showell Road, Blakenhall Resource Centre, Whitmore Reans Library, Faulkland Street car park and Mountford Lane car park, Bilston; the mobile Covid-19 test unit and local pharmacies offering the Pharmacy Collect service. From today, home test kits are available from Bilston Market and Wolverhampton Market, while from Monday they can be picked up at WV Active Aldersley, WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams and WV Active Central during each leisure centre’s normal opening hours. One in three people with Covid-19 don't have any symptoms but could spread the virus to family, friends or colleagues without knowing it – therefore anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 aged 18 or over, along with secondary school pupils and college students, are encouraged to get a rapid test twice a week to help reduce the spread of infection.

Covid-19 mobile testing:

The mobile Covid-19 testing unit is currently in Merridale, before moving to West Park next week. Anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 can get a free rapid test, without an appointment, at the mobile unit at Nishkam Primary School, Great Brickkiln Lane, from 9am to 7pm until Sunday.

Covid-19 vaccine eligibility:

Everyone aged 45 or over in Wolverhampton is now eligible to get their life-saving Covid-19 vaccination. Appointments can be booked at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination. As well as the over 45s, the vaccine is currently available to anyone who is clinically extremely vulnerable; frontline health and social care workers; and people who are in receipt of Carer's Allowance or are the main carer of an elderly or disabled person.

Latest figures show 118,597 first doses have been administered in Wolverhampton, with tens of thousands of people also having now returned for their second jab.

Meanwhile, the council and CCG have written to approximately 24,000 people in Wolverhampton who are eligible for the life-saving Covid-19 vaccine but, for whatever reason, have not yet had it. We have had a very positive response to the letter, receiving almost 3,000 calls within the first 48 hours from people who have subsequently decided to book their vaccine.

Sunday 18th April

Almost 10 million Britons have had both coronavirus vaccine doses!!!

via https://news.sky.com/..

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Wednesday 14th April

⚠⚠⚠ URGENT MESSAGE FOR RESIDENTS IN SMETHWICK/CAPE HILL ⚠⚠⚠

Extra Covid-19 testing is being carried out from tomorrow (Thurs) for people in specific areas of Smethwick / Cape Hill after a case of the of the variant first discovered in South Africa was found.

Everyone aged 16 and over within specific streets in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area to take a PCR Covid-19 swab test - regardless of whether you have been vaccinated, if you are using rapid tests or if you have already had Covid-19.

Get tested at the testing unit behind Smethwick Council House, High Street, Smethwick, B66 3NT every day from 9am to 3.45pm tomorrow, and from 8am Friday onwards.

If you are able to walk to the site, there is no need to book an appointment. Just turn up.

If you have to drive to the site, you must book an appointment on our website.

Full postcodes list, postcode checker and booking form if you have to come by car at sandwell.gov.uk/extratesting

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Tuesday 13th April 2021

Vaccinations for over 45s

Celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19

Ramadan Mubarak!

Stay safe whilst celebrating with these helpful resources:

Dr Masood Ahmed, Chief Medical Officer for the NHS in the Black Country and West Birmingham, has recorded this video message: Getting your COVID-19 Vaccine Ramadan – A message from Dr Masood Ahmed - YouTube

The British Islamic Medical Association has also produced some useful information about the vaccine and COVID in a range of community languages: COVID-19 Vaccine Hub - Myths | British Islamic Medical Association (britishima.org)

Wishing You a Blessed and COVID Safe Ramadan video: https://youtu.be/NY7kUJchCZI

Ramadan COVID-19 safe guide: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KM856FifprvfwSkZyogWDfowC-CFQsO8/view?usp=sharing

Please also find below short, animated messages on vaccination, test & trace and social distancing produced by the Bahu Trust in Urdu, Arabic, Bangla, and Sylheti: https://www.youtube.com/c/BahuTrust/videos

Monday 12th April 2021

More businesses and venues can reopen, such as non-essential shops, outdoor areas at pubs and restaurants, hairdressers, and gyms. Read the full guidance on what you can now do.

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Wednesday 9th April 2020

From today (9 April), free rapid COVID19 testing will be available for everyone in England. This testing is for those without symptoms.

Find out more ⬇️

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/...

Wednesday 31st March 2021

UPDATE ON WOLVERHAMPTON's COVID TESTING

Revised opening times at rapid test centres over Easter

Anyone without symptoms of coronavirus is invited to get a rapid test without an appointment and will get their results in around an hour.

Opening times over the Easter weekend are as follows:

  • The Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Good Friday 10am-4pm, Easter Saturday 10am-6pm, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday site closed
  • The Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road West, 10am-7pm each day
  • Pendeford Library, Good Friday 10am-4pm, Easter Saturday 10am-6pm, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday site closed.
  • The Hub at Ashmore Park, Good Friday 10am-4pm, Easter Saturday 10am-6pm, Easter Sunday site closed, Easter Monday Monday 10am-4pm
  • St Joseph’s Church, Willenhall Road, site closed each day.

Meanwhile, the rapid test site at Bilston Community Centre closes for the final time tomorrow (Thursday 1 April).

Please note, rapid testing is not available to people who have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, or to anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell.

People with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.

Latest figures show there were 63.7 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 28 March.

This means that 168 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

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More pick up locations for Covid-19 rapid home test kits

Covid-19 rapid home test kits can now be picked up from more locations in Wolverhampton.

People who work in a school or college, who live or bubble with someone at school or college, childcare providers and people working in an occupation critical to the reopening or schools, are eligible for home testing and are urged to get tested twice week to help keep the city's schools Covid-secure.

Rapid testing is crucial in the fight against coronavirus as it helps find cases in individuals who don't have any symptoms. They are then able to self-isolate, preventing the spread of Covid-19 to others.

People can pick up their free rapid Covid-19 home test kits from the rapid test centres at Pendeford Library (between 7am-11am daily), Ashmore Park Hub (between 8am-11am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays) and the Civic Centre (between 10am-1pm on Saturdays and Sundays).

They are also now available from the PCR test centres at Showell Road, Blakenhall Resource Centre, Whitmore Reans Library, Faulkland Street car park, and Mountford Lane car park, Bilston between 2.30pm and 8pm each day. Please note that opening hours at pick up points will vary over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

People can collect up to two boxes – containing a total of 14 kits – at a time. The kits contain step-by-step instructions enabling people to complete and report the result of their test from the comfort of home.

Anyone testing at home is reminded that they must report a test result, even if it is negative, via www.gov.uk/report-covid19-result or by calling 119 to help keep everyone safe and build up an accurate picture of the spread of the virus in the city.

Home test kits are currently only for people who fall into the categories listed above. Anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 can get tested at one of Wolverhampton's rapid test sites – details at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-testing.

All secondary pupils are urged to continue having twice-weekly rapid Covid-19 tests and are provided with home test kits by their school.

Rapid testing is not available for people who have symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, or people who have been told to isolate. Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.


Sunday 28th March

More than 30m people in UK have had first dose of Covid-19 vaccine as roll-out booms

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Monday 29th March

HANDS | FACE | SPACE | FRESH AIR

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. In England:

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside
  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

Find out the rules on what you can and cannot do


Saturday 27th March

We reach the next stage of the #Roadmap on MONDAY 29 MARCH - when outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 PEOPLE or 2 HOUSEHOLDS in the #WestMidlands will be permitted

Get more info online at http://bit.ly/RoadmapStages

Friday 26th March

Wolverhampton Update

If you or someone you know is over 50 or have a underlying health condition (clinical vulnerability) you can go get you vaccinations at aldersley stadium 8am- 8pm daily.

You Do Not need to book for the next 7 days!- just bring ID/proof and show up!

Please see - https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/news/over-50-or-have-underlying-health-conditions-get-your-covid-19-jab-now

Friday 19th March 2021

A reason to celebrate!

COVID-19: UK breaks daily jab record with more than 660,000 doses administered

A total of 660,276 vaccines were given out on Thursday - higher than the previous record on 30 January, which was 609,010.

Thursday 18th March 2021

EU agency says AstraZeneca vaccine is 'safe and effective'

A review by the EU's medicines regulator has concluded the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine is "safe and effective", and its benefits outweigh the risks.

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Extra testing is being carried out if you Oldbury and Tipton border area for the variant first discovered in South Africa.

People aged 16 and over without symptoms, within specific streets in the Oldbury/Tipton border area are encouraged to take a PCR Covid-19 swab test, even if you are not showing any symptoms.

Click for more details about extra testing in these areas - https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200354/coronavirus_advice/4590/extra_testing_in_oldburytipton_border_area_due_to_covid-19_variant

Thursday 11th March 2021

New social media campaign to target false vaccine information

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has, today (11 March), launched a new social media campaign to tackle false vaccine information online through a series of shareable videos and support from social media companies.

The main aim of the campaign is to counter the spread of misleading and false information through private messaging channels on social media. Trusted community figures will call for people to check content before they share.

DCMS has developed a toolkit with content designed to be shared via Whatsapp and Facebook community groups, as well as Twitter, Youtube and Instagram, to tackle false information spread through private channels. It follows concerns from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) of low vaccine uptake amongst some communities.

Announcement: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-targets-false-vaccine-information-on-social-media

Toolkit: https://dcmsblog.uk/check-before-you-share-toolkit/

TIPTON GREEN WARD

Wednesday 10th March 2021

While rates of Covid-19 in Sandwell continue to fall, a few areas still have high levels of infection. This includes Tipton Green.

The rate of infection in Tipton Green is twice as high as the average rate for Sandwell as a whole.

Tipton Green ward includes Tipton town centre, areas of Dudley Port and borders Dudley borough.

Read more at https://www.sandwell.gov.uk/news/article/5951/covid-19_warning_for_tipton_green_residents

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Vaccination: British Sign Language resources

The Government has, today (9 March), published British Sign Language (BSL) videos related to the vaccination programme.

The leaflets on which these videos are based on are also available to download and paper copies are also available to order.

Guidance:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-british-sign-language-resources

Collection:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme

Materials: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme#leaflets-and-posters

Tuesday 9th March 2021

Punjabi - Covid-19 Awareness Session hosted by the Ethnic Minority Council

Part of the session is about having your say and answering your questions or concerns you may have.

We have up to date COVID - 19 slides translated in the Punjabi language.

Saima Irfan the Ethnic Minority Council health improvement officer will be overseeing the session.

If you are having issues logging on or do not know how to use zoom, please call 01902 313 052

Time: Thursday, March 11, 2021

Midday - 1:00 pm - 2.00pm


https://zoom.us/j/91297400226?pwd=ekl3aWxFVnJjRHRieFVNYVdxM3NDZz09

Meeting ID: 912 9740 0226
Passcode: 766239

Supported by the Learning Communities Partnership

Sunday 7th March 2021

Our wonderful partners Near Neighbours have put together some brilliant #vaccinevoices videos to encourage everyone to say yes to the #covidvaccine. The first is in British Sign Language, Arabic, Gujarati, Polish, Patwari, Punjabi and Urdu 👍

And this one in English, Bengali, Dari, Hindi, Mandarin, Somali and British Sign Language.


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Saturday 6th March 2021

Important changes are coming on Monday. It’s vital that we all keep following the rules #covid19roadmap Our thoughts and prayers are with all those heading back to school or college on Monday 🙏

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Friday 5th March 2021

Wolverhampton: Mobile Covid-19 rapid testing at Bantock Park and Low Hill

Released: Thursday 4 March, 2021

A mobile unit offering free rapid testing for Covid-19 is at Bantock Park until Sunday (7 March) before moving to Low Hill Community Centre, Kempthorne Avenue, on Monday.

Anyone without symptoms of Covid-19 is invited to get tested at the mobile unit between 9am and 1pm and 2pm and 6pm, seven days a week. Testing is free, people don't need to book in advance and they will get their results within an hour.

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health John Denley said: “As many as one in three people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms but could still be infectious to others, and that’s why getting tested regularly is so important.

"We have worked hard to make testing as accessible as possible. We have set up rapid test centres at six sites across Wolverhampton and the deployment of this mobile test unit, which is at Bantock Park until Sunday and will be at Low Hill Community Centre from Monday, means even more people can get tested closer to home.

“The mobile unit is proving to be a popular option and has been well received by local residents and visitors to the park.”

As well as Bantock Park, free rapid testing for people without symptoms of Covid-19 is available at:

'Critical workers' have priority access to rapid testing at the Civic Centre between 8am and 9am, Monday to Friday; Pendeford Library from 7am-10am and 4pm-6pm, Monday to Friday; and Bilston Community Centre between 8am and 9am Monday, Thursday and Friday. Workers are asked to bring a form of ID to prove eligibility.

John added: "Please remember that, even if you have had your Covid-19 vaccination, it's important to get tested regularly – and that you must continue to follow Government restrictions and guidance. Keep your distance from others, wear a face covering and wash your hands or use hand sanitiser so that we can defeat this virus."

More information on rapid testing for people without symptoms of Covid-19 is available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-testing. Rapid testing is not available for people who have symptoms of Covid-19, including a fever, a new continuous cough or a change to the sense of taste or smell, or people who have been told to isolate. Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a PCR test by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or calling 119.

Latest figures show there were 84 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 1 March. That means 221 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. Information about the vaccine can be found at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidvaccine. Further details of the lockdown restrictions currently in place, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert

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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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