13 January 2021

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This issue of the newsletter has important information about vaccinations. It also tells you about something we are trying out to support families at this time.


The Local Offer Team


Email: localoffer@manchester.gov.uk

0161 234 1946

Local Offer Coronavirus Advice & Information

Twitter: Manchester Local Offer @MCRLocalOffer




COVID-19 Vaccinations


The NHS will be in touch - vaccination poster Manchester Programme

Manchester’s vaccination programme started in mid-December, with priority given to residents aged 80 and over, care home staff, and NHS staff who are at higher risk. Local NHS and community workers have been working hard to organise this huge logistical challenge. The city now has seven community vaccination sites across the city in addition to the Greater Manchester mass-vaccination site at the Etihad Tennis Centre. 


You will be contacted by your GP or the NHS when it is your turn to be vaccinated. You can read here about what happens at your appointment. Arrangements will be made to get the vaccine to people who find it harder to travel, or who are housebound.


Here is some information in different languages (scroll down the page) about how the community vaccination for COVID-19 is being organised in Manchester, with the city’s Director of Public Health Dave Regan answering community questions about the vaccine.


Who Gets It First

This easy read sheet outlines the order of priority for the vaccination. Adults who have Down’s syndrome now come under Priority 4 - see the DSA’s 30 Nov article. Unwaged carers have recently been added to Priority 6. If that applies to you, make sure you are registered with your GP as a carer.



Vaccine and immune system Why Vaccination Is Important

Having the vaccine is the best way to protect the most vulnerable people from coronavirus and has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives. It prepares your body to fight off the disease if you are exposed to it. For most people, this stops them getting very unwell. When enough people are vaccinated, we can create herd immunity, which prevents the virus from spreading. Until we have vaccinated the majority of adults, we must all continue to wash our hands regularly, wear a mask or face covering, and maintain social distancing.


Here is some easy read information from Mencap answering some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about COVID-19 vaccination.




Vaccination image Vaccine Safety

The COVID-19 vaccine has been through three phases of clinical trials to ensure it meets the highest standards of safety and effectiveness. You can read more here (scroll down).


Scam Alert

You will only be invited directly by your GP or the NHS when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine or making a house call to deliver or discuss the vaccine is committing a crime. The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine. You will also never be asked for payment or for your bank details. If you believe you have been the victim of a scam, you should report this directly to Action Fraud. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.



Coronavirus Testing In The City


Testing To help Manchester through COVID-19, more local testing sites will be available this winter. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, book a free test by ringing 119 or visit here. You will be offered a test site based on your postcode and needs.



Finding What You Need


Ask Ali at the Manchester Local Offer

There has been such a lot of information during the coronavirus crisis – and it keeps coming. That’s why we’re trying out a new way of supporting families. You’re invited to contact Ali on the Local Offer team. Whatever the question, she will do her best to respond in a way that is geared to you and where you live in the city. Email Ali at ali.davenport@manchester.gov.uk or call/text 07971 587963. She usually works all day Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, and will get in touch as soon as she can.



Home Learning Resources


Last week, we shared the home learning resources in our Local Offer Coronavirus Advice & Information. Here are some more:


Drawing of house Teach Me Too provides on-line learning resources for children with communication delay/special educational needs and have been designed with families in mind. Stage 1 and 2 are being offered for free for any parents/families/professionals. Access to Stage 1 is here. Stage 2 will be launched at the end of January and a Stage 3 is being planned for in the spring.


Two resources for families at home from 3PP Psychologies 10 More Activities For Home, Even more activities to do at home


Parent/carer Home School Survival ToolkitTips around home schooling and taking care of your wellbeing from Healthy Schools Manchester and the Manchester Local Care Organisation.



Sleep Support


Seashell Trust offer free workshops about sleep and children and young adults (2-25yrs) with additional needs. Sessions run throughout the year and are currently being delivered via Zoom:

  • Sleep Success

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