Community Connectors 15 April 2021
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Campaign urges twice a week testing

The Department for Health and Social Care has launched a major public information campaign to encourage all of us to get into the habit of using lateral flow tests twice a week.
Everyone is now able to access free, regular rapid Coronavirus testing delivered through:

  • A home ordering service
  • Workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home
  • Collection at a local test site
  • Testing on-site at schools and colleges
  • Collection from participating pharmacies

The campaign is running across TV, radio, press, digital, and social media.
Find out more about twice weekly testing and the home ordering service.


Bank Street boost for town

We are working with traders to transform Bank Street in Sevenoaks into an area for outdoor dining and drinking to help with the reopening of the hospitality sector.
From later this week, Bank Street-based pubs and eateries will be welcoming outdoor-seated customers in the pedestrianised town-centre street.
Businesses can serve customers outdoors from Monday to Sunday, 10am to 11pm.
Cllr Peter Fleming, Leader of Sevenoaks District Council says: “We are doing everything possible to support our local businesses as we come out of lockdown. Opening up Bank Street for safe, outdoor eating and drinking will really help local hospitality businesses with little or no outdoor space.
“I’m confident this new outdoor hospitality area will complement the space we have already gifted Sevenoaks Town Council for their new outdoor market over the summer, giving residents and visitors even more reasons to visit the town, and giving the wider town economy a real boost.”
Our Town Centre Ambassadors and local businesses will work together to keep the area safe for everyone. If successful, the seated area could stay in place until the end of September 2021.

UK moves into next phase of vaccine rollout

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has recommended that adults aged 18 to 49 should be prioritised in order of descending age for the next stages of Coronavirus vaccine programme.

People aged 45 years and older are now being invited to book their jab.

The Government has also confirmed that all adults over 50, the clinically vulnerable and health and social care workers, have already been offered a Coronavirus vaccine.

Book a Coronavirus vaccination

Vaccination news

A total of 59,719 people across the Sevenoaks District were vaccinated between 8 December 2020 and 11 April 2021.
Across Kent and Medway, 1,110,660 doses of the vaccine were given up to 11 April 2021.

COVID-19 infection data

The latest data we have from the Government and Public Health England is dated 8 April. In the past week rates have fallen in all areas across Kent. 
The case rate in the Sevenoaks District to 8 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 27.1, but this has also fallen from a rate of 40.0 in the last week.
There are currently 23 active cases in the District, compared to 32 cases recorded at 1 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.

New publicity materials for the next stage of lockdown

Public Health Engalnd has produced new posters with details of latest changes to the Coronavirus rules that came into force on Monday (12 April).
You can download the poster to share with your contacts or display on your noticeboards.
Download the posters

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