COVID-19 Updates

Coronavirus Advice:

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly.                                                                                                           
  • Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
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COVID VACCINE WALK-IN WEEKEND
19TH / 20TH June 2021
8am – 8pm
Thomas Walker Surgery
Princes Street, Peterborough. PE1 2QP
Just turn up, no need to book
Walk-in vaccination clinic for all eligible adults
(Please bring proof of age ID)

COVID – 19 Symptoms

  1. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of a new continuous cough or a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia).
  2. If you develop these symptoms, however mild, or you have received a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, then you should immediately self-isolate stay at home for at least 10 days from when your symptoms started. If you live with others, all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. See the stay at home guidance for further information.
  3. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 10 days, then use the NHS 111 online service. If you have do not have internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999
  4. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange a test by visiting NHS.UK, or contact 119 via telephone if you do not have internet access.
  5. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, before you eat or handle food, or when you get to work or arrive home
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with disposable tissues when you cough or sneeze. If you do not have a tissue, sneeze into the crook of your elbow, not into your hand. Dispose of tissues into a disposable rubbish bag and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser.
  7. You must wear a face covering by law in some public places unless you have a face covering exemption because of your age, health or another condition. You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet. Social distancing, hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes, remain the most important measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Face coverings do not replace these. See the staying safe outside your home guidance, and you can find guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering.
  8. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

Transport to COVID-19 vaccination appointments- CRG Briefing

Mass vaccination transport process

Individuals will be contacted by their GP or directly by an NHS vaccination centre and informed of the time for their vaccination appointments. Within this call, individuals will be asked if they have any way to get to their vaccination appointments. If they do not have any means of travelling to the appointment, they will be signposted to the countywide COVID-19 Coordination Hub. The Hub can be contacted between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0345 045 5219 or by filling out an ‘I Need Help’ form here:
https://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Covid19_Reaching_Out

Transport offer

For those who have no means of getting to their COVID-19 vaccination appointments and have contacted the Hub to request support, transport will be given to and from the first and second vaccination appointments through a local transport provider.

The Hub is providing transport through the following resources:

  • In-house education and social care transport
  • Approved taxi services
  • Local community transport including community car schemes

All drivers have up-to-date DBS checks.

The District/City Hubs will also have access to a list of community transport operators so that they can arrange transport for any individuals that come through to them.

The Hub team will check whether individuals receiving transport have any support needs or require any reasonable adjustments to be made to assist their use of transport and will identify suitable transport to accommodate those needs (e.g. wheelchair-friendly vehicles).

The transport offer is not being advertised to members of the public directly, instead we would ask that those booking patients onto vaccination appointments establish the individual’s situation and refer them to the Hub for support with transport if required.

Bookings need to be made with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice (48 hours where possible). Bookings can be made for a weekend day, however please note that requests for bookings will only be picked up on weekdays (e.g. Friday for a weekend day or Monday).

NB this is the process as it currently stands but is under continuous review.

Covid-19 safety

All parties will follow Covid-19 safety processes including wearing a mask during the journey and wiping down the vehicle before and after each journey, to reduce the risk of transmission. Those receiving a lift should wear a face covering inside the vehicle.

Residents will need to come to their appointment on their own unless they are in a wheelchair. Where residents need assistance with walking to and through the vaccination centre, they can bring one carer or a member of their household or support bubble to assist them. Anyone else that travels in the vehicle will also need to wear a face covering and a maximum of one person can accompany patients. They may be required to wait outside while the vaccination takes place.

Campaign to recruit more Volunteer Drivers

Background

More information on community transport schemes can be found here on our own website. 

Typically, there are two types of scheme:

  • Community car schemes – volunteer drivers use their own vehicles more akin to a taxi service
  • Community transport schemes – paid and volunteer drivers use scheme vehicles, normally minibuses, more akin to a bus service

PLEASE FIND REGULAR UPDATES FROM THE PETERBOROUGH CITY COUNCIL COUNCIL COORDINATION HUBS USING THE LINKS BELOW:-

Highlights from the Hub – April 2021 (govdelivery.com)

Highlights from the Hub – March 2021 (govdelivery.com)

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/stand-firm

https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/healthcare/public-health/coronavirus/stand-firm

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Stand Firm Toolkit – Andy 8 February 2021.pdf

Highlights from the Hub – February 2021 (govdelivery.com)

Covid19 local campaign toolkit Jan-Feb 2021 final.pdf

Highlights From the Hub January 2021 (govdelivery.com)