Spelthorne Covid Champions Briefing – 4th May

Spelthorne Borough Council latest updates

  • Surrey County Council COVID updates and resources including translations into different languages
  • Surrey’s data Dashboard is published each Fri – available as a summary or full version
  • National Data on testing, cases, vaccine, deaths is updated daily, now also available in easy-read version
  • In the UK to 26 April 4,409,631 people have tested positive, with 127,451 deaths within 28 days of a positive test
  • 33,843,580 1st vaccine doses, 13,201,811 2nd vaccine doses
  • R 0.8-1.0, daily infection growth rate range of -5% to -1% (23 April, for England only)
    • There will be a Mobile Testing Unit at Green Street Car Park, Sunbury Park on 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

This week’s key message: Elections

Elections take place on 6 May. Do not vote in person if you have symptoms of COVID-19: high temperature, a new or continuous
cough, or change or loss of taste and smell. If in doubt, have a PCR Test.
You can get an emergency proxy vote at short notice if you need to self-isolate before or even up to 5pm on election day.
At the polling station: wear a mask, use the hand sanitiser provided on arrival and as you leave, keep your two metre distance,
and take your own pencil.
Show your polling card to the polling clerk – you must not pass your card to them. Full guidance is
available here

Social Distancing

  • Keep 3 steps away (2m) from people you don’t live with
  • Wear a mask – if it is made of cloth, wash it regularly
  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • If indoors keep a window open whenever possible
  • Check in at venues with the NHS COVID-19 app

Vaccine

National Vaccination Programme

  • People who will turn 42 before 1 July 2021 can now have a Covid vaccination – book via NHS website
  • Surrey Heartlands CCG FAQs, updates + vaccination helpline (not booking service):
    0300 561 2500 9am-4pm, Mon-Fri/ syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net

Join the Millions – new vaccine campaign resources available

  • Download an email banner to add to your signature
  • Add web banner to your website
  • Download Join the Millions posters

Share video: Join the millions NHS advert

Testing

Every test helps stop the spread

Everyone in England with no symptoms can take a free rapid lateral flow 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, order a test online from the national programme for home delivery
    • For a guide on how to do a rapid lateral flow test at home, a short video is available
    Surrey County Council’s website is updated regularly with any changes to test sites or eligibility

Give blood – do something amazing!

Giving blood is safe and easy. Extra safety measures in place include:
• Self-assessment leaflet before you attend to check for coronavirus risk factors
• Bigger spaces between chairs
• Extra cleaning
• Increased hand washing
• Sanitiser for donors to use
• Temperature checks before donating

Black donors needed

The increased demand for some rare subtypes more common in people of black heritage means the NHS needs more black people to become blood donors.
Demand for these subtypes is growing as more people have regular transfusions to treat blood disorders such as sickle cell anaemia.
People from all communities can give blood to make sure there’s the right blood available for everyone.
Most people can give blood if they’re fit and healthy – check if you can donate

Ramadan reminders

With Ramadan continuing until 12/13 May, remember:

  • Receiving the vaccine does not break the fast
  • Rule of 6 applies to outdoor iftars – you must only gather indoors with your household/ support bubble
    To learn more about virtual iftars, visit
    http://www.ramadantentproject.com/
    For the full #SafeRamadan 2021 guidance:
    https://mcb.org.uk/resources/ramadan/