Covid-19 Vaccination programme updates
The NHS in south east London has now started vaccinating people aged 65 to 69 and those who are clinically vulnerable (moderate risk) against COVID-19.

If you are in either of these categories, please wait to be contacted by the NHS.

If you are aged 70 and over, a frontline health or social care worker, or clinically extremely vulnerable (high risk) – Priority Groups 1 to 4 – you can book your vaccine online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or call 119 .

See the full list of priority groups in the poster attached and guidance on the high and moderate risk categories here www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/whos-at-higher-risk-from-coronavirus/ )

If you need help with transport to a vaccination site you can contact the Community Hub at Covid19support@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or by calling 0800 470 4831.

If you have had your first vaccine, you will be contacted to book in your second vaccine.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective and gives the best protection against coronavirus.
  • Having a vaccine is the best way to protect you from coronavirus and will save thousands of lives.
  • Please have the vaccine when you are eligible to protect yourself and your community.

Covid-19 Vaccination – Frequent Asked Questions

We put together a series of frequently asked questions to help local people learn more about the COVID vaccine and to address their concerns. These are all available on the south east London CCG website at www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/covid-19-vaccine/

Latest News about Covid-19 Vaccination Programme across South East London

Read the latest article about Covid-19 Vaccination Programme across South East London here www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/news/324000-southeast-londoners-take-up-the-covid-vaccination/

KEY MESSAGES 08/02/2021

 PAST 7 DAYS:

470 confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Greenwich

Cases are decreasing, but are still high. We need to stay safe and make sure this number continues to go down, by following the guidance explained in this update.
156 people are in hospital right now in Greenwich because of coronavirus. This number is starting to go down, but is still far too high. To have to go to hospital because of coronavirus means your case is very serious, and puts a strain on our hospitals and everyone who works in them.

 

A national lockdown is in place across the country. This means everyone must stay home except for when it is absolutely necessary to leave.

It has never been more important to take every measure we can to fight the virus. Everyone needs to stay at home, except for essential activities. If you do need to leave home: Wear a mask. Make space. Wash your hands.

You can read all the details about Lockdown on the official website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

Support if you’ve lost someone to coronavirus

Most people experience grief when they lose someone important to them. It affects everyone differently. There’s no right or wrong way to feel.

You may be finding it particularly difficult at the moment because of the changes in place to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Changes have been made to several services, including end of life and palliative care, as well as funeral arrangements.

You may feel that you need some extra help and support during this time. There are local places that can help, such as Greenwich Cruse Bereavement Centre, Greenwich and Bexley Hospice as well as national helplines such as Samaritans and Sudden.

Live Well Greenwich has lots of helpful links that can hopefully help you during this difficult time.

 Getting tested for coronavirus

1 in 3 people have coronavirus without knowing, so to reduce the spread, you can now get tested whether you have symptoms or not. The more people that get tested, the more we can prevent the spread of this virus.

Rapid test
If you don’t have symptoms, you can get a rapid test. Anyone can get one of these. If you have to leave your home regularly, it’s recommended you get a rapid test 2-3 times a week. It only takes 5 mins and results are emailed to you in 30 mins. Visit www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/rapidtest to book.

Test if you have symptoms
If you have coronavirus symptoms (fever, new continuous cough or a loss of sense of smell or taste), no matter how mild, get a test. These tests can only be taken if you have symptoms and it takes a bit longer for you to get the results – usually a few days.

Booking is essential. Order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site. Go to gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test, or call 119.

If you test positive, you and your household need to self-isolate for 14 days, to stop the virus spreading and keep your community safe.

Please see below for information on where you can get both types of coronavirus tests in the borough:

Test centres if you have symptoms Test centres if you don’t have symptoms
02 North Greenwich, SE10 – car only Daniel Defoe Hall, Greenwich Uni, SE10—walk-in
Charlton Athletic Football Club, SE7 – car only David Fussey bldg, Greenwich Uni, Avery Hill, SE9—walk-in
Univ of Greenwich, Avery Hill Road, SE9 – foot only Charlton Athletic Football Club, SE7—walk-in
Abery St, Plumstead, SE18 – foot only Waterfront Leisure Centre, Woolwich, SE18—walk-in
De Vere Devonport House Car Park, SE10 – foot only Princess Alice Pub, Thamesmead, SE28—walk-in

Testing is NOT available at the Emergency Department at the hospital or at your GP practice, so please do not attend here trying to get a test. 

Support if you test positive and have to self-isolate

If your test result is positive, you and your household will need to stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. (This has changed from 14 days). This is important to stop the virus spreading and to keep your community safe.

This can be stressful and worrying when you need to go to work. If you are unable to claim sick-pay from your employer and are a low income household, a one-off £500 payment may be available from the Government to support you and your family during these 10 days. Find out if you are eligible to apply for this payment or call 0800 470 4831.

 Training available

If you’re interested in helping your community through volunteering, a short training is available to introduce and prepare volunteers for the role of Neighbourhood Champion. This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, share information and practice.

For more information, please email victoria.smith@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

If you think it would be helpful to share these messages via WhatsApp or text message, we have a shorter version available for this purpose. If you would like this, please let us know your mobile number and we can share this with you for you to forward on – please email robin.clarke@royalgreenwich.gov.uk directly with this information

STAYING SAFE IN THE COMMUNITY

To reduce the spread of coronavirus we must all try and stay at home as much as possible. We can still go out for essential reasons such as food shopping, medical appointments and where communal worship is permitted.

When we do leave home, it’s important to remember to follow the guidance –

  • wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser
  • wear a mask when you’re in enclosed spaces (such as shops, public transport or places of worship
  • stay 2 metres from others not in your household or support bubble

When shopping,

  • try to go outside of peak hours (usually 12-2pm)
  • only shop for essential items,
  • always wear a face mask (not a visor) when you’re in a shop – visors are not effective in stopping the spread of coronavirus,

Most places of worship have temporarily moved to online services, pausing face to face services. However some remain open. If yours is still open, and you choose to visit, it’s important to remember to stick to the guidelines – wash or sanitise your hands, wear a mask when in your place of worshipand make sure you remain at least 2 metres from people not in your household or support bubbles.

Finally, remember it is safe to go to a medical appointment if you have one booked. NHS services have made changes to make sure it’s safe for you to be seen during the coronavirus pandemic. Just remember to wear a mask and stay 2 metres from others.

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