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Community Connectors 4 March 2021
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Latest campaign encourages us to keep going and stay at home.

While transmission rates decline, vaccines continue to be rolled out and the roadmap out of lockdown has been published, a new Government campaign is encouraging us to ‘keep going’. It acknowledges how difficult lockdown has been but highlights its effectiveness with falling infection rates and successful vaccine roll-out.
The campaign began last week and is running across TV, radio, outdoor advertising and on social media. It reminds us how everything we’ve done – working from home, washing our hands, wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and video calling – is helping stop the spread of COVID-19 and new variants, edging us closer to coming out of lockdown.
Every small act is making a big difference and it is important that everyone keeps doing what they’re doing.
Find out more about the keep going campaign.

Updated election guidance allows door-to-door campaigning

The Government updated it local election guidance allowing door-to-door campaigning from 8 March. Activists will be permitted to canvas and leaflet as long as they work alone, with groups of six allowed from 29 March. But, the guidance says hustings and public meetings over this limit will still have to take place online.
View the elections campaigning guidance

Vaccination news

The NHS now publish information on the number of people who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at District level and by NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCGs).
A total of 33,876 people across the Sevenoaks District were vaccinated between 8 December 2020 and 21 February 2021. With an estimated population on 26,100 people aged 65 and over, this would suggest good progress is being made in the vaccine roll out in the District amongst the priority groups. The estimated population for those aged over 16 in our District is 96,300 people.
Across Kent and Medway, a total of 610,876 doses of the COVID vaccines have now been administered (as of today, Thursday 4 March).
Visit the NHS website for local and national vaccination data.

COVID-19 infection data

The case rate in the Sevenoaks District to 25 February was 37.3 per 100,000, down from 59.6 on 18 February. The current case rate in the District remains significantly lower than that of the England rate, at 96.9 per 100,000.
There are currently 77 active cases in the District, a drop from 108 recorded previously. These are associated with clusters in residential dwellings.
Although the decrease in rates of infection is extremely welcome news, it still remains incredibly important that we follow the guidance and make use of symptom free testing at this critical period.

View the latest national COVID-19 data.

Latest Coronavirus infections study published

Last week (25 February), Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI published results from the latest study into Coronavirus infections in England.
For the first time, the study captures people who have received a COVID-19 vaccine, and how different groups feel about vaccines.
Findings from the study show 13.9% of the population in England had antibodies against Coronavirus from COVID-19 infection or vaccines.
Of the participants who’d received COVID-19 vaccines, 87.9% of people over the age of 80 tested positive for antibodies after two doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, rising to 95.5% for those under the age of 60 and 100% in those aged under 30.
The findings show high confidence levels in the vaccine with over 90% of those surveyed reporting that they would be willing to accept, or had already had, a vaccination for Coronavirus.
View the Coronavirus infections study in full.

Take control - protect yourself from scams

During the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown restrictions, there has been an increase in various scams. Citizen Advice is offering the following top tips to help you spot one:

  1. Have you been approached out of the blue?
  2. Are you being asked for your personal details and/or bank details?
  3. Do you feel under pressure to make a decision?
  4. Have you been asked to keep it a secret?
  5. Are they offering you something that seems too good to be true
If you answered yes to any of these, it could be a scam. Report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk
You can help protect yourself by:
  1. Protecting your personal information
  2. Never sending money to people you don't know
  3. Not feeling pressured to make a decision. If you're unsure, it is okay to say 'No' and that you will seek advice first
  4. Strengthening your online security, with security software on your digital devices, create strong passwords and only opening websites with HTTPS at the start of the website address
  5. Not opening any unknown email or text message links
  6. Registering with the free Telephone Preference Service (TPS) to opt- out of cold calls

Lose weight online!

Spending more time at home has resulted in many people falling into bad health habits. In fact, nearly 50% of adults in the UK claimed to have put on weight during lockdown.
Coronavirus has made everyone more aware of the importance of good health. One You Kent is here to help those who would like to lose weight, move more, drink less and quit smoking. These lifestyle changes can help to keep healthy and feel better, both physically and mentally.
The One You programme provides support through online groups meetings and one-to-one lifestyle support via video and telephone calls. Visit One You Kent and complete the referral form.

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