10 December 2020
NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme
A COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech has now formally been approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
This week vaccinations started for people most at risk for coronavirus and the NHS will continue their programme of vaccinating priority groups against COVID-19 over the coming months.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine. It’s important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
The COVID-19 vaccination programme is a huge logistical undertaking and the NHS has been working with partners including Wiltshire Council to plan the delivery of an effective roll out.
In the meantime it is important that everyone continues to adhere to all relevant COVID-19 guidance.
You can follow @NHSEngland (https://eur02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Ftracking.vuelio.co.uk%2Ftracking%2Fclick%3Fd%3DlIxgWXRUAbX9pGHNI8vqVmiPwO8P1ZPBnJpHiGT4GM5Z_5SOqUk5XjJSqy3wkntmKw3v2IOeL0SSAJh5gccBooVUMbnXLurJ24EuXWN8xZjEK_OWwGJfnTWR7kxcZO5_lzv1VAKkMqG_zhALdO2V2sk1&data=04%7C01%7CJack.Holdway%40wiltshire.gov.uk%7C61288d5f0c024a20c51608d89c66d1a0%7C5546e75e3be14813b0ff26651ea2fe19%7C0%7C0%7C637431312700214061%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=eUpR5yOzqjCbMykLsetJ0xPpAFg%2BoNmJR7%2BpxPbCKEY%3D&reserved=0) on Twitter for the latest developments over the coming days.
find out more information about the roll-out of the vaccine (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait/why-you-have-to-wait-for-your-covid-19-vaccine)
Wiltshire COVID-19 cases
Wiltshire COVID-19 Cases. Total number of cases – 5,429. Cases in the last 7 days – 385. Rate of cases per 100k in Wiltshire in the last 7 days – 77. Rate of cases per 100k in Wiltshire in the previous 7 days – 80.2. Rate of cases per 100k in England in the last 7 days – 148.7. Gov data as of 07/12/2020 at 4pm. #WiltshireTogether
Keep wearing face coverings
We’re reminding people to play their part in protecting each other against spreading COVID-19 by wearing a face covering where required.
Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of virus that causes COVID-19. The majority of people are expected to wear them in certain circumstances but there are some exemptions.
Those who are exempt are able to download and display a card (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own) if they wish to.
More details on where to wear face coverings (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/news/keep-wearing-face-coverings)
COVID-19 Test and Trace Support Payment scheme
We are urging eligible residents to apply for the Test and Trace Support Scheme, which is in place to help support those who are out of pocket because they are having to self-isolate.
Financial support continues to be available for people on low incomes who are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19 and will lose money because they are unable to work.
If you are required to self-isolate then it is important you do not delay submitting your form, as the council cannot accept applications made more than 14 days after the end of a person’s self-isolation period.
More information on eligibility and how to apply (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/benefits-test-and-trace)
Shopping local helps support the local economy, creates jobs and boosts local communities.
Whether you are buying a loaf of bread from a local family-run bakery to choosing a quirky gift from an independent shop, by shopping locally people can help local business owners and local communities get back up and running. With the festive season just around the corner, and restrictions still in place, how we shop and where we shop is more important than ever.
To support local retailers and small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis we have put together a Shop Local, Support Wiltshire Directory. Sorted by place, shoppers can find the businesses close to them, many offering the option to buy online or click and collect.
Remember – Shop Safe, Shop Local, Shop Online, Support Wiltshire.
View the shop local, support Wiltshire directory (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/shop-local-wiltshire)
Explore Salisbury with the new Salisbury Trails App
If you’re looking to get out and about to enjoy the fresh air why not download the new, free, easy to use app, Salisbury Trails, which guides people to Salisbury’s key landmarks, historic sites and cultural and arts venues.
Find the city sights close by and discover the stories behind them, or follow a themed trail to explore the city’s rich heritage and uncover hidden histories.
The app , which is available to download to Apple and Android devices, also includes historic photos, engravings and information from the archives of the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre that show how Salisbury has changed over time.
Find out more about the app (https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/News/Salisbury-Trails-App)
Gain new skills with free courses
Tens of thousands of adults will be able to benefit from almost 400 free courses (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/qualifications-in-new-funded-offers) next year, in the first major development in the Lifetime Skills Guarantee.
The fully-funded courses (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/qualifications-in-new-funded-offers) , ranging from engineering to healthcare to conservation, will be available to adults without a full qualification at Level 3 (A-level equivalent) from April 2021 to help them gain in-demand skills and open up further job opportunities.
Designed to help our country build back better after the pandemic, the qualifications in this offer have been carefully chosen to help adults improve their career prospects and meet the needs of the economy. They will be reviewed regularly so the courses offered can be updated as the economy changes.
Find out more about the Lifetime Skills Guarantee (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/adults-to-gain-new-skills-on-400-free-courses)
Don’t give COVID-19 for Christmas – keep playing your part. Carefully weigh up the risk of who is in your Christmas bubble. Limit the people in your Christmas bubble. Remember to keep socially distancing, wash hands regularly, wear masks where required. Hopefully next year we can all have a merrier Christmas! #WiltshireTogether