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Clerk: Catherine Gwilliam
4 Normanton Cottages
Empingham Road, Normanton
Rutland LE15 8RW

Tel: 01780 460128

Vaccination advice from Rutland Health Primary Care Network.

The vaccination centre at Catmose is the result of a successful partnership involving RCC, local NHS services, the Primary Care Network (PCN) and volunteers.

RCC is not involved in booking or managing vaccination appointments. The NHS will contact residents to confirm when it is their turn to have the vaccine.

Details of which groups are eligible to receive the vaccine first can be found on the GOV.UK website:

Links to official sources of information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout have been added to the RCC website, together with helpful guidance for anyone who is attending a vaccination appointment at Catmose:

If your practice has your mobile phone number information will be sent to you by text message. We have over 2500 people over 80 in Rutland, and the vaccine is delivered in batches of 975, so don't worry if you have not been contacted straight away.

Do not contact your practice – we will contact you.

The Rutland Primary Care Network (www.rutlandhealth.co.uk) will have daily updates on the Rutland Covid-19 Vaccination Programme as it develops.

All vaccinations will be given only by prior appointment – no walk ins.

You cannot have a vaccination if you have a temperature, are unwell, or have had another vaccination within 7 days. Your temperature will be checked before you are allowed into the building. Please do not come if you have a temperature or continuous cough or loss of taste/smell (with any of these symptoms you will need to book a Covid test).

When you come for your Covid vaccination:

  1. If you drive yourself you will have to wait in your car for 15 minutes after the vaccination, so please ask someone in your family or "support bubble" to drive you if at all possible.
  2. Wear a face covering.
  3. Maintain strict safe social distancing of 2m.
  4. Make sure you are wearing a short sleeve top under your coat as injections will not be given in a private room.
  5. All queuing will be outside, don't forget your umbrella. Queues should be short because we have booked appointment times.

Please take the time to download and look through our Covid-19 Vaccination – A Guide for Adults leaflet by clicking on the below image:

Covid Community Information.

Other advice

Covid-19 and other matters

09/01/2021

Dear resident,

I had hoped not to have to write another newsletter, let alone so soon after my last! But coronavirus cases continue to rise and the NHS is very stretched. Some people have asked me why we can't simply open more Nightingale hospitals. We could, of course, but they have to be staffed and NHS staff are like the rest of us; they get ill, they come into contact with coronavirus and have to self-isolate for a period and they have positive tests, albeit with no symptoms, so again have to self-isolate. This all reduces the number of people available to be deployed and whilst we might be able to put up a new building almost overnight it takes a few years to train medical staff! Add to that the increased number of people requiring intensive care –and the additional staff levels associated with that—it is not surprising the system is under strain and the Government's full lockdown response.

I am also being asked about vaccines, and why some people who have had their first vaccine are having their appointments for the second, follow up, vaccination cancelled. You can find the answer here https://www.rutlandhealth.co.uk/covid-19-vaccination-programme-rutland-patient-update/

I am sure we are all worried about businesses locally. The Government has recognised the strain on businesses and is introducing additional help. If you are a business your first port of call is RCC as many of the grants are administered by the Council https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/covid-business-grants/ . And do support your local pub if it is offering a take-away service.

If you have children and don't have access to the resources you need to access your child's school's home learning offer contact the school who should help. Children without IT or a space to learn are entitled to be in school. If you have any problems regarding your children's education at this time let me know.

Lockdown is difficult for everyone. But, as I write, there are almost 300 positive coronavirus cases per 100,000 population in Rutland and the increase is in all age groups, including the over 60s. It is important we all abide by the law to get the case numbers down. Full details can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home but in brief:

  • Stay at home unless you have absolutely no choice but to go out to work
  • Stay at home unless you need to go out for essential shopping such as food and then shop as infrequently as possible and on your own
  • Stay at home unless you have to go out for a medical appointment/to collect a prescription
  • Stay at home unless you are taking your once a day exercise when you should "stay local" (see below for the Government's definition of "stay local")

"If you do leave home for a permitted reason, you should always stay local - unless it is necessary to go further, for example to go to work. Stay local means stay in the village, town, or part of the city where you live."

The only people you should be mixing with are the people you live with or the people you have contact with through work. There are exceptions, the "bubbles" we have all heard about, but these have legal definitions and the definition changed on 2 December 2020. You can find out the current law here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/making-a-support-bubble-with-another-household#what-a-support-bubble-is

Local advice and sources of help, whether you are an individual or a family, can be found here https://www.rutland.gov.uk/my-services/health-and-family/health-and-nhs/health-and-support-services/coronavirus/

Remember HANDS FACE SPACE!

Gale Waller

County Councillor, Normanton Ward

gwaller@rutland.gov.uk 01780 722169