Community Connectors 29 April 2021
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New materials promote testing and vaccinations

Public Health England (PHE) has launched new promotional materials to encourage regularly testing and everyone to get a Coronavirus jab.
As the nation opens up again, regular testing and logging the test results will be an important part of controlling the virus.
The community testing materials include nine photo and quote options covering a wide range of occupations.
The vaccination campaign encourages people to join the millions already vaccinated against COVID-19.
The new materials include posters and digital media resources and are available for free for you to share with your contacts.
Download the community testing materials
Download the vaccination promotional materials

Council Countryside Code Campaign

As the lockdown continues to ease, and more of us are going out again, we have begun a campaign to encourage people to respect the District by follow the Countryside Code.
The campaign is running across social media with posters put up in well-used public areas. It is encouraging visitors to deal responsibly with their litter and to take their rubbish home if they find litterbins to be full. Drivers are also being encouraged to park responsibly when visiting the District.
So far, 20 town and parish councils and local landowners have backed the campaign by displaying posters.
You can support the campaign too by sharing our social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you’d like electronic or hard copy campaign posters, please email

Combatting COVID-19 vaccine disinformation

NHS England has published a series of social media animations to tackle disinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The materials are suitable for use on a wide range of social media platforms and cover key topics including vaccine safety, how it was tested, how it was developed so quickly, what is in it, and what the side effects are.

Download the shortened versions of the videos

Vaccination news

Across the Sevenoaks District, a total of 86,743 doses of the vaccination were given between 8 December 2020 and 25 April 2021.
Across Kent and Medway, 1,295,712 doses of the vaccine were given up to 25 April 2021.

COVID-19 infection data

The latest data we have from the Government and Public Health England is dated 22 April. It is a mixed picture across the county for rates of infection, but there is a decrease in cases in the Sevenoaks District. 
The case rate in the Sevenoaks District to 22 April was 13.3, down from 16.6 per 100,000 the previous week. This continues to be significantly lower than that of the England rate, at 24.8. There are currently 26 active cases in the District, compared to 28 cases recorded at 15 April. According to KCC, the cases are associated with household clusters and single cases within residential dwellings.

Visit the NHS website for local and national vaccination data.

Head to the polls safely on 6 May

The 6 May elections are just around the corner and we’ve been working hard to make sure that everyone who is registered can use their vote.
To ensure it is safe for everyone, we’re asking voters who are heading to a polling station to follow a few simple guidelines.
On arrival, a maximum capacity may be in place to ensure your safety. This may mean waiting outside before you can enter to vote. Unless you are exempt, face coverings must be worn at all times in the polling station. Voters are also being asked to bring their own pen or pencil to help reduce the risk of transmission. There will be clear signage that all voters are asked to follow carefully.
If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, or have been asked to self-isolate in the days before polling day, you should not attend a polling station. Instead you should apply for an emergency proxy vote.
Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling station. Make sure you check the information on your poll card, as your polling station might have changed since the last elections. You do not need your poll card to vote, if you bring it to your polling station please take it home with you.
Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May.
Find out more about voting and the safety measures in place

Update to international travel red list

Last Friday, 23 April, the Government added India to England’s red list of travel countries.

Visitors who have departed from or transited through red list countries in the previous ten days will be refused entry into England. British, Irish and third-country nationals with residence rights arriving from these countries will be allowed to enter and will be required to quarantine in a Government-approved facility for ten days.

View the full red list of travel ban countries

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