Covid vaccination update from Hillingdon Council

The vaccine program continues to be rolled out at pace. Everyone in the first four priority groups (aged 70 or over, or clinically extremely vulnerable) should have now been contacted by the NHS and offered a slot for a jab. If you have received a letter and used the NHS link you will be offered a slot at Wembley. This is because it is our nearest mega vaccination centre.

If travelling to Wembley does not work well for you then please call your GP to see where there is space at one of the many smaller local vaccine centres.

For more information please visit: www.Hillingdon.gov.uk/vaccine

North West London NHS Coronavirus response

Happy New Year to all from the North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups. Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter for 2021.

Rates of coronavirus have continued to rise across the country which unfortunately means we begin the year with another national lockdown. Please stay at home – this is the single most important action we can all take to protect our NHS and save lives. You must not leave your home unless necessary and stay two metres apart from anyone not in your household or bubble.

The NHS continues to remain open and so if you have a physical or mental health concern it’s important you continue to get in touch and access our services. Rest assured that attending medical appointments is still deemed as essential travel. If you have an urgent but non life-threatening medical need, you should contact NHS 111 First. We also provide information on accessing your GP during this time.

In this issue, we share an update with you on the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine. We are aware that there is a new scam and people have been receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. Please take note of the things that we will never ask you to do. We encourage you to also continue getting your flu jab during the winter season.

We also share details on a payment scheme that offers support if you can’t work from home should you need to self-isolate.

 

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Covid vaccination locations in Hillingdon

Newly-appointed Council Leader Ian Edwards gave an update on the vaccination programme’s progress in the Borough to Hilllingdon’s Council Meeting on January 14.

Cllr Edwards revealed that Hillingdon will host three of the ten mass vaccination centres planned for the North West London region.

They were listed as the Sir Winston Churchill Hall in Ruislip, and the Compass Centre at Heathrow Airport, which are expected to be up and running by February 1.  A third site is yet to be confirmed in Hayes.

Cllr Edwards said eventually the three sites will be able to vaccinate 10,000 people a day.

These centres will add to the existing small vaccination sites running in the Borough – Ruislip Young People’s Centre and the Navnat Centre Hayes.

Show your council where you need safe space for social distancing

Cycling Space

Social distancing measures are set to be part of our lives for the foreseeable future. It’s absolutely vital that people are able to stay safe when cycling and walking, and to have the space they need to pass each other safely. Segregated cycling space is also hugely important for key workers travelling to hospitals, care homes and other essential workplaces.

Show your council where you need safe space for social distancing

It’s really easy, just use the map below, provided by Widen My Path, to identify where measures are needed in your area to enable people to walk and cycle safely as lockdown eases. You can also “agree” with other suggestions you think are good – just click on the pins to see the detail and click ‘agree’.

When you’re done, please email your council using our draft emails, to make sure they use this information when planning where to create safe space for walking and cycling. If you’re in Northern Ireland, there is no need to contact your council – we’ll be speaking directly to the Executive about Widen My Path.

Before you use Widen My Path, check if you’re council is already running their own consultation on the Active Travel Interventions Map below. If they are, you can also respond directly to them.

ONCE YOU’VE ADDED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, LET YOUR COUNCIL KNOW

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ONCE YOU’VE ADDED YOUR SUGGESTIONS, LET YOUR COUNCIL KNOW

To add new ideas to the map, simply:

1. Zoom in to where you want to place the pin. If you’re too zoomed out, you can’t place a new pin. Check nearby pins to make sure your idea hasn’t already been suggested

2. On the right hand side, select whether your suggestion relates to a cycle way, a pavement, or a road closure

3. Explain exactly what you think is needed, and why.

4. Share with friends, family and colleagues – higher engagement will show the council just how important this is.

It’s vital that people are able to walk and cycle safely during the lockdown and beyond. .

Safe space is also hugely important for key workers, many of whom are choosing to cycle to hospitals, care homes and other essential workplaces to avoid the risk of public transport. This will only become more urgent when the lockdown is eased and public transport, roads and pavements get busier.

USE OUR INTERACTIVE MAP TO SHOW YOUR COUNCIL WHERE SAFE SPACE FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING IS NEEDED

What has been achieved already?

Over 10,000 people have  written to their council. Many local authorities closed streets for cycling and walking and create temporary bike lanes to hospitals. The map below shows where councils have taken measures to create safe space for social distancing. If the council hasn’t yet taken action, use the Widen My Path map above to show them where measures are needed, then let your council know.

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The Scottish Government has committed £10m to support councils to introduce these measures, while the Government at Westminster has put forward £225m for temporary measures, with details of a more funding coming soon. In Wales, the Welsh Government have made funds available for local authority applications, and in Northern Ireland the Department for Infrastructure – who have the power to make the changes – have also responded positively.

Support available

H4All is a free service provided in conjunction with Hillingdon Council and is here to help if you are self isolating. H4All can:

  • pick up your shopping
  • provide someone to chat to on the phone
  • post your mail
  • arrange prescription delivery
  • walk your dog
  • collect essential medical equipment

You can call H4All on 020 3949 5786 or email coronasupport@H4All.org.uk

More information is available at https://www.h4all.org.uk/ and if you would like to volunteer to engage with wider activity with the aim of supporting residents please contact: community@h4all.org.uk