18 Jan January Covid-19 Updates
COVID-19 Update 16/01/2021
Well, this year has not got off on quite the right foot. Very sadly we are once again in lockdown following the Prime Minister’s Announcement on the 04/01/2021. Consequently, with a flurry of activity from the Prime Minister down, it’s been a little difficult to keep up. So I will keep the summary of the key announcements as concise as possible for ease of reading.
Prime Minister’s Statement 05/01/2021
Following the PM’s announcement the previous day about the upcoming national lockdown, the Prime Minister highlighted the roll out of COVID-19 Vaccines.
Health Secretary’s Statements 11/01/2021
In his Statement the Health Secretary highlighted the stark challenges faced by the nation and the NHS in particular. He also set out the Government Vaccine Delivery Plan on how it intends to approach conducting the most ambitious vaccination programme the nation has yet seen, by offering vaccinations to around 53 million people.
National Lockdown Guidance
Detailed guidance on what you can and cannot do during lockdown can be found here. It does go into a lot of detail so if you want to read it all, best to have a cup of tea and a biscuit to hand. For an easier read, Public Health Berkshire have put together a dashboard which includes a simple traffic light display of what you can and can’t do. The link is available here. All you need to do is type in your postcode and it will bring up the list of do’s and don’ts.
Everyone is being urged to follow the rules and act in the most responsible way possible; to quote the Health Secretary from his 11th January 2021 Statement “Stay at home. And please reduce all social contact that is not absolutely strictly necessary.”
Turning to the more positive news in the midst of the gloom we find ourselves in. The process of conducting vaccinations to the most at risk groups appears to be getting off to a reasonable start, with a little under 3 million vaccinated up to 13th January. Some of you may be lucky enough to be included in Government first 4 priority Tiers, in essence those who are 70+. With that in mind I’ve include a link to the Government Guide for older adults which may be useful. As with any vaccine there can be side effects for some and I include the link to Government’s COVID-19 vaccination: what to expect after vaccination guide.
As always, stay safe everyone.
James Sumner FdA