Spelthorne Covid Champions Briefing – 22nd April

  • Spelthorne Borough Council latest updates
  • Surrey County Council Covid updates and resources incl. translations
  • Surrey’s data Dashboard is published each Fri as short or full version
  • National Data on testing, cases, vaccine, deaths, etc is updated daily now also available in easy-read version
  • In the UK to 19 April 4,393,307 people have tested positive, with 127,307 deaths within 28 days of a positive test
  • 33,032,120 1st vaccine doses, 10,425,790 2nd vaccine doses given
  • R number 0.7-1.0, daily infection growth rate range of -6% to -1%
    (16 April, for England only)
    *To find out the rates in your local area, view this interactive map

• There will be a Mobile Testing Unit at Green Street Car Park, Sunbury Park on 20-23 April, 29 April-2 May, 20-23 May, 29-31 May.
There will also be a Mobile Testing Unit at Laleham Riverside on 12-15 May. No vehicle access will be available
• Symptom free testing available at Thameside Youth Centre Staines, Broadway Pharmacy Staines, Hive Pharmacy Staines, and Trio
Pharmacy Shepperton. Book online at: scc.covid19testing.org.uk/
• A walk-through coronavirus testing facility is open for those with symptoms to book appointments at Kingston Road Car Park (TW18 4LN)
in Spelthorne. Book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119
• Boots Pharmacy in Staines (Two Rivers retail park) and Stanwell Tesco pharmacy available for local people to access their Covid-19

Staying Safe Outside of Home

• As we start to meet up with family and friends, it is even more important to keep Hands, Face, Space, Fresh Air
• Face coverings should cover the nose and mouth and have two layers of material and be worn by everyone unless you are exempt
or have a reasonable excuse. They are to protect others, not the wearer.
• In England they should be worn in most indoor settings
• See the full guidance on face coverings HERE

Don’t congregate at the gate

• Schools and colleges will continue to follow strict coronavirus guidance in line with the government roadmap. This includes:
▪ Social distancing
▪ One-way systems
▪ Enhanced cleaning
▪ Some staggered start and finish times
▪ Handwashing
• Please support your school by keeping two metres apart from other parents and families at the school gates


New advice on Covid 19 vaccination for pregnant women

The JCVI has advised pregnant women should be offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population,
based on age and clinical risk group
• Research from the USA indicates 90,000 pregnant women have been vaccinated, mostly with
Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, with no safety concerns
• Pregnant women are still advised to discuss the risks and benefits of
vaccination with their clinician
, including the latest evidence on safety and which vaccines they should receive

What do we know about the new Covid 19 variants?

• All viruses naturally mutate over time, and the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, is no exception.
• Over time, changes can build up in the genetic code of the virus, and these new viral variants can be passed
from person to person
• Most changes are so small they have little impact on the virus, but sometimes a virus mutates in a way that benefits it,
for example allowing it to spread more quickly
• Public Health England has created a programme to help support international capacity to identify variants of concern (VOCs).
The New Variant Assessment Platform is led by PHE working with NHS Test and
Trace and academic partners, and the World Health Organization’s SARS-CoV-2 Global Laboratory Working Group
• To learn more about the variants read Public Health Matters

National Vaccination Programme

Please share this video: Give Covid the Jab for the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Community


Every test helps stop the spread

Everyone in England without symptoms can now take a free rapid COVID-19 test twice a week.
People aged 16+ can get a free LFD test at a Surrey community testing site or participating pharmacy
You can either:

  • Book Online
  • Call 020 8865 1952 (Mon-Fri 08.30, Sat-Sun 09:00-17:00, local charges apply)
  • Collect a test kit for home use You will receive your result by text or email from NHS Test & Trace, usually within 30 minutes.
    Some people may be able to access a test via their place of work or study.
    • Alternatively, you can order a test online from the national programme for home delivery
    • For a guide on how to do a rapid LFD at home, a short video is available
    Surrey County Council’s testing website is updated regularly to reflect any changes to test sites or eligibility

NHS facebook campaign helps men aged 40+ prevent Type 2 diabetes

• Research shows men age 40+ are at higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes
• This risk increases with age
• NHS facebook adverts will highlight the increased risk and encourage men of this age to sign up for
support from Healthier You: NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme
• This world-leading programme supports with weight loss adopting healthier habits – it has already helped
hundreds of thousands of people
• These ads which will be online over the next 3 weeks linking to a Diabetes UK quiz
• If you score as being at moderate or high risk, you can refer yourself to a local service for support remotely
or online, without going through a healthcare professional
• The NHS has fast-tracked this access to the programme
after research found that: people are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 if they have Type 2 diabetes
• To find out how to access your local programme, you can also contact your GP Share link: