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Community Connectors 18 February 2020
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Additions to the shielding list

On Tuesday (16 February) the Government announced that a further 1.7m people will be asked to shield. The Government also confirmed that shielding will be extended until 31 March.
It comes after a new model was developed that takes into account extra factors rather than just age and health, and includes things such as ethnicity, deprivation and weight to work out the risk of becoming seriously ill from catching COVID.
We will be given the names of the affected people in the Sevenoaks District in the coming days so we can write and tell them about the local support available. This will be the same support offered those already shielding with the ability to arrange priority supermarket delivery slots, support from ‘Care for our Community’ or other local organisations and support from us with other needs.
We understand this new group of people will be added to the priority list for vaccinations.

Stars tackle vaccine misinformation

A group of celebrities have released a video addressing vaccine misinformation. The group, including actors Adil Ray and Meera Syal, as well as cricketer Moeen Ali and presenter Konnie Huq, appealed to the public, in particular the Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, to help address hesitancy around the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
In a separate appeal, sporting legends, led by World Cup Football winner, Sir Geoff Hurst have urged over 70s to get the Coronavirus jab.

Reassuring residents about the jab

Public Health England (PHE) has many resources to encourage the public to have the COVID vaccine.
The resources only take a moment to download from the PHE website. We’d encourage you to share them with your contacts, helping to spread a reassuring message amongst residents.
Download the PHE vaccine resources.

Protect yourself from vaccine fraud

Sadly, fraudsters are targeting people with vaccine scams.
Coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the NHS. The NHS will never:
  • Ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • Ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call that you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

 

Latest local COVID-19 data

The latest NHS Kent and Medway CCG data published today says 455,910 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have now been given to residents in Kent and Medway.

The latest infection data we have from the Government and Public Health England is dated 11 February. The good news is COVID-19 rates are continuing to fall in all districts of Kent and Medway. 

The case rate in the Sevenoaks District to 11 February 2021 was 69.6, down significantly from 119.3 per 100,000 on 4 February. The current case rate in Sevenoaks District remains lower

than the England rate, at 147 per 100,000.
 
There are currently 142 active cases in the District, also a significant drop from 256 recorded previously. These are associated with clusters in residential dwellings and care settings.

View the latest national COVID-19 data.

Concerns about Coronavirus Compliance?

If you have concerns about people or businesses not following the COVID rules, drop us a line and we’ll see if we or one of our partners can help. Call us on 01732 227000 or email information@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

Go social for the very latest news

We update our social media feeds on a daily basis with the very latest on COVID-19.
We would encourage you to follow our accounts on Facebook and Twitter and share any posts with your contacts that you think may be useful.
Our Facebook handle is Sevenoaks District Council Official and our Twitter handle is @sdc_newsdesk.
And, if there’s anything you think we should share with our followers, don’t forgot to include our social media handles in your posts!

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