A drop-in clinic is opening at Stoke Mandeville stadium this weekend for eligible members of the public to get their first or second Astra Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine without a pre-booked appointment.
The drop-in clinics will be open on:
Friday 4 June – 10am to 12:30pm and 2:30pm to 5pm
Saturday 5 June – 9:30am to 1pm
Regardless of whether you are a permanent Buckinghamshire resident or not, anyone aged over 40 who has not yet had their first vaccine or those over 18 who need their second jab (a minimum of 4 weeks after their first) is eligible to attend. All you need is your name, date of birth and NHS number. You can find your NHS number online.
This week (June 1 to 7) celebrates the tremendous work of volunteers across the UK, and there has never been a better time for Buckinghamshire to give its thanks to these remarkable people.
Volunteers have played an essential role within the Buckinghamshire community over the last year. At the start of the pandemic and throughout lockdowns they gave their support to help some of the most vulnerable people in society – the elderly, infirm and people living with medical conditions or in other very difficult circumstances. In desperate times they offered a lifeline to those most in need, whether by delivering essential supplies or medication, transporting people to medical appointments, offering a friendly voice over the phone, or in any number of other ways.
And they have played a vital part in the vaccination rollout since it began in December.
Without their invaluable help, it is impossible to imagine the rollout being the great success it has been. Volunteers have made a huge contribution, from the set up and day-to-day running of the vaccination sites, marshalling traffic, transporting patients, guiding them through the actual process of getting their jabs, and much more; the rollout simply would not have been the great success it is without them.
This is important for everybody, not just because these are political appointments, but because it shows who has lead responsibility for specific portfolios in Bucks Council. So you know who to badger!
Although this may not have much impact in HV, it may impact us if we use one of the towns for a night out.
From Bucks Council:
The council has responsibility for allowing people to sell alcohol, put on public entertainment and sell late night food and drink. The council does this by issuing licences, certificates and notices.The main purpose of licensing is to ensure that the national licensing objectives are promoted:1. preventing crime and disorder;2. public safety;3. preventing public nuisance; and4. protecting children from harm.We are developing a new licensing policy which explains the council’s approach to promoting the four licensing objectives when making decisions about licensing matters. We welcome your views to help shape future policy decisions in this important area. Please take a few minutes to complete the short online survey by 6 June 2021. https://yourvoicebucks.citizenspace.com/communi…/6224ac6b/
Everyone’s hard work means the Government’s ‘roadmap’ is progressing but it’s essential that while so many people have yet to be vaccinated, we all keep going by fully sticking to the new rules. When meeting others socially, this must take place outside, either in a park, another open space or in private gardens.
Please also remember to keep a distance from anyone you don’t live with. We still can’t mix with other households indoors (unless in a support bubble or for childcare purposes) and it’s critical to stick to this rule as you can catch COVID-19 far more easily inside than outside
We can now meet in groups of up to 6 people including children and babies, or groups of a larger size where it’s just two households getting together.
Reminder letters have been sent and census officers are making follow-up visits to households that haven’t completed their census. If you’re contacted by a parishioner, here is some helpful information to reassure them:
The officers are there to help them.
Householders should ask to see their ID badge.
They will never ask to enter a property and will never ask for personal information or ask for a payment.
The officers are following government guidelines with PPE and are all being tested for Covid-19 every few days.
Please do also let people know that if they need help to complete the census they can call our trained library and adult learning staff on 0300 131 6000. There is also a national support line 0800 141 2021 and the Census 2021 website.
Residents aged 50 years old or over, those in a recognised clinical ‘at risk’ group and all frontline health and social care workers in Buckinghamshire are being urged to come forward to arrange their COVID vaccination as soon as possible if they have not already done so.
“It’s really positive to have all Buckinghamshire children back in their classrooms and we’re continuing to see COVID-19 infection rates fall across Buckinghamshire too. Whilst the lockdown has been a big factor in declining infection rates, we are also seeing a rapid fall in the rates for the over 65 year olds, which is most likely due to the roll out of the vaccine. Nearly 210,000 vaccine doses have now been given in Buckinghamshire, a fantastic achievement in this short space of time. Nevertheless, there is about half the adult population of the county still to be vaccinated. Therefore, we need to remain vigilant as restrictions ease to prevent a ‘third spike’ later in the summer or early winter.”