Following the announcement of another national lockdown last night I want to sign post you information that we currently have. I have attached the national guidance in full as well as announcements on support for businesses in the coming days which has been published this morning by the treasury. We will be sending round further updates as we go forward.
Councillors & Community Hub
Your councillors are here to help and please remember we also have some of our COVID Support Grants available still to help local efforts so please get in touch. Also our Vale community hub is still operating and the details I currently have are:
Vale Community Hub is available from:
- 8.30am-5pm Monday to Thursday
- 8.30am-4.30pm on Fridays
A lot of surgeries are now getting ready to roll out the vaccines, but please can I stress that you will be contacted when they are able to give you a vaccine. This is further complicated across the villages as some will “point” to Swindon NHS, if registered at Elm Tree Surgery, whilst other surgeries will point towards Oxfordshire NHS. No matter what direction – it is imperative to follow the advice of the NHS and the surgery where registered.
Below is a short snippet from a recent release:
“When patients are offered an appointment for the vaccine, it may be at another location and not their normal GP practice building. Patients will be provided with information about where they will need to go for their appointment and what to expect - this may be via the phone, or through a letter either from their GP or the national booking system.
The NHS will let patients know when it is their turn to have the vaccine. It is important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
The public have an important part to play to help the NHS to deliver the vaccination programme. People are being asked:
- Not to contact their GP or another NHS service to seek a vaccine - the NHS will contact you
- When the NHS does contact you, please attend your booked appointments
- Please continue to follow all the public health guidance to control the spread of the virus and save lives”
With this in mind, please be very vigilant as there are phishing texts and emails going around when it comes to vaccines. I have attached a useful link on this, please spread awareness.
If you need to use the NHS please do, don’t wait until it is too late. Follow the guide online as to the correct services to use https://www.nhs.uk/
Useful Websites If you have found any which have been useful for yourselves, please let me know and I will include them going forward for others.
As ever, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Best wishes & stay safe,
Cllr Simon Howell
Watchfield and Shrivenham Ward