Nottinghamshire County Council Covid-19 Update

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Winter Plan A

People are urged to continue to be cautious as we move back to Winter Plan A

The Government has lifted all measures put in place under Plan B, and from today returned to Winter Plan A. This means:

  • Venues and events will no longer be required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. However, you can still use the NHS COVID Pass voluntarily.
  • Face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement. However, we encourage you to continue to wear one (unless exempt) in crowded and enclosed spaces.
  • Face coverings will no longer be advised for staff and pupils in communal areas of secondary schools or staff in communal areas of primary schools.

Even if you are fully vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread Covid-19, so people are advised to continue to be cautious as we move back to Winter Plan A.

Following the guidance will help you to understand situations where there is a greater risk of catching or spreading Covid-19 and the steps that you can take to stay safe and protect others.

Winter Plan A


Protect yourself and others from Covid-19 by getting vaccinated

Covid-19 vaccinations

If you’re unvaccinated, you’re about eight times more likely to be hospitalised with Covid-19 than if you’ve had both doses of the vaccine and the booster.

It’s never too late to come forward for your first or second dose, and you can still book an appointment online, call 119 or go to a walk-in centre near you.

Covid-19 vaccination


Jonathan Gribbin urges residents to act carefully and remain cautious

Face coverings

As we move back to Winter Plan A, Jonathan Gribbin, Director of Public Health for Nottinghamshire, explains that although we can be optimistic about the months ahead, the pandemic is not yet behind us, and we must continue to act carefully and remain cautious.

We should continue to follow all the behaviours and actions set out in the guidance on how to help limit the spread of Covid-19. For example, although face coverings are not legally required, we still recommend wearing one (unless you’re exempt) in crowded and enclosed settings where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet to help protect others from the virus. 

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£8 million from NHS England to support secondary schools with the in-school vaccination programme

School children

NHS England’s £8 million funding will enable all schools to fully support the in-school vaccination programme and provide air cleaning units in all classrooms and teaching spaces that need them.

The Department for Education will distribute the funding to support secondary schools with the vitally important in-school vaccination programme for young people – hosting NHS vaccination teams and passing on materials about vaccination to further boost protection.

Further information will be provided to schools shortly with further details on how the NHS funding for vaccination support will be distributed.

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Testing in Nottinghamshire

lateral flow tests

Testing remains a vital part of slowing the spread of coronavirus.

There are different ways you can get a lateral flow test:

Make sure you report your test result whether it is positive, negative or void.

Test sites in Nottinghamshire


Care home visiting restrictions set to ease

Care home guidance

The Government has today announced the easing of social care restrictions following the success of the booster programme.

From Monday 31 January, there will be no limit on the number of visitors allowed into care homes and self-isolation periods will be cut. Care homes will also only have to follow outbreak management rules for 14 rather than 28 days.

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Beware of financial requests for Covid-19 booster vaccines

scam

Criminals are sending text messages, emails and making phone calls, pretending to be from the NHS, to steal money, financial details and personal information relating to the Covid-19 booster vaccine.

Stay alert and remember:

  • The Covid-19 booster vaccine is free
  • The NHS will never ask for payment or any financial details
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the Covid-19 booster vaccine
  • Do not respond to requests for money or important personal information such as bank details or passwords.
  • Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails.

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Mandatory vaccines for care workers

mandatory vaccine for care workers

It’s just one week until the deadline for health and care workers to get their first Covid-19 vaccine dose to comply with the 1 April 2022 deadline to be fully vaccinated.

All staff working as regulated care providers are legally required to have both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. This means they must have their first dose by 3 February 2022.

If you are in scope of the regulations, you will need to:

Provide evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination or medical exemption status when you are asked.

Your organisation’s registered person, or someone on their behalf, will come to you to ask for evidence of your Covid-19 vaccination or exemption status.

If you work in the regulated care sector and have any questions, please speak to your employer.

Care worker regulations


Changes to rules for travelling

Travel rules

From 4am on 11 February fully vaccinated people will no longer have to take tests on arrival in the UK, and a Passenger Locator Form will be required instead.

Those who are not fully vaccinated will only need to take a pre-departure test and a PCR test on or before day 2 after they arrive in the UK.

From 3 February children aged 12-15 in England will be able to prove their vaccination status or proof of prior infection via a digital NHS COVID Pass for outbound travel.

Travel rules


Local Covid-19 rates

Coronavirus Dashboard for Nottinghamshire

The table highlights Covid-19 rates per 100,000 population in each district and borough between 15 and 21 January 2022 compared to the previous seven days.

All of the data is sourced from the UKHSA’s national dataset.

Dashboard


Covid-19 vaccination


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