COVID-19 local and national weekly help and advice
Welcome to the Healthy Hub Covid-19 advice and support page - week 4 March 2021
The number of coronavirus cases in Hertfordshire are falling thanks to the NHS
Thanks to the work of GP practices, hospitals, pharmacies and our larger vaccination sites, the number of people who have received at least one vaccine dose in Hertfordshire and west Essex is now over 461,000.
Remember we still need to follow the lockdown rules road map.Use this postcode checker if you aren't sure of the rules in your area.
Vaccine safety information
More than 11 million doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine have now been administered across the UK.
Vaccine safety is of paramount importance and the regulatory agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) continually monitors the safety of vaccines in the UK. For more information and a statement from the MHRA, see this link.
In some countries the roll-out of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine has been temporarily paused because of concerns about blood clots. It is important to remember that blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. Reports of blood clots received so far are not greater than the number that we would normally expect to see amongst the groups of the population who have been vaccinated. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when invited to do so.
Vaccine update - Residents aged between 50 and 54 years old are now able to book themselves vaccination appointments via the National Booking Service Click Here or call 119
Translation support is available on this number for people whose first language is not English.
It is much easier to get your vaccine if you register with a GP surgery. Anyone can register with a GP surgery. You do not need proof of address or immigration status. If you are not registered, there are instructions on how to do so here: Click Here to Register with a GP.
You will be invited to receive your vaccine when it is your turn, either through your GP practice or by letter or text from the National Booking Service for larger centres and pharmacies. Click Here for more information about the vaccine.
Help stop the spread of false information about the vaccine
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) have launched a new media campaign to tackle false vaccine information shared amongst ethnic minority communities Click Here to find out more.
The campaign is fronted by trusted local community figures such as imams, pastors and clinicians in short, shareable videos which include simple tips on how to spot misinformation and what to do to stop its spread. The key message is to check before you share signposting to the NHS for the best source of information Click Here for the NHS Covid-19 information.
Welwyn Hatfield Residents Talk-Resident Sham sharing his thoughts on the COVID-19 vaccination
Fiona is the Welwyn Hatfield CVS COVID-19 Information Champion. Fiona interviewed Sham a resident of Welwyn Hatfield who has recently had his vaccination against COVID-19.
Lateral Flow Testing-Secondary school children can now get tested at school and at home-Order your free home testing kit
Parents and carers are being encouraged to get two rapid tests a week.You can order or collect kits to test your household, childcare bubble or support bubble if at least one member is a school or college pupil or works in a school or college. Click Here for more information about Test Kits