The return to some normality from COVID we’ve worked so hard for is currently under threat. The new variant is up to 60% easier to spread and has led to an increase in COVID cases and admissions to hospital. The key thing protecting us in Manchester is the vaccination programme:
- If you’ve waited for your first dose of the vaccine, now is the time to book immediately to help make sure we don’t go back to more restrictions. All adults can now be vaccinated.
- If you’ve had your first dose, it’s now really important that you make sure you have your second dose when booked. Whilst the variant has some resistance to one dose, two doses give a very good level of protection.
You can find a full list of pop-up clinics for first and second doses across the city here.
Remember, the risk from the vaccination to individuals is incredibly low – the risk of not having it is much higher, to both ourselves and our city.
Changes To The Roadmap
As you’ll know by now, England remains in Step 3 after the government announced a 4-week pause. It’s expected we’ll move to Step 4 on 19th July, though this is under review. The government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance. Find out what you can and cannot do. There is also this additional advice from Manchester City Council with the city being in the Enhanced Response Area.
Support With Self-isolating
This Manchester leaflet - ‘10 ways to do your 10 days’ – gives some suggestions for helping to self-isolate safely. There is also Manchester City Council’s dedicated helpline for residents. It can help with a range of needs, including delivery of food and medication, and managing fuel top-up payments. Call 0800 234 6123 on Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm. A text messaging service has also been set up - text 078600 22876 and your message will be responded to by the next working day. This video in British Sign Language (BSL) tells people about the service and how they can get support. The Council also has a coronavirus information hub. Please don’t be afraid to ask if you need help.
COVID Vaccine Passport
The Government has updated its advice on how people can demonstrate their vaccination status. This allows you to show others that you’ve had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine when travelling abroad to some countries or territories. A full course is currently 2 doses of any approved vaccine.
Love In Lockdown
This free wordless story - Love In Lockdown - shows that with a bit of creativity people can lead lives filled with love even in the most extraordinary circumstances and how important vaccine uptake is for getting that long-awaited face-to-face meeting and hug. It has been produced by Books Beyond Words, who've created free picture stories and illustrated guides to support people with learning disabilities and autism through the coronavirus pandemic.