COVID-19

Both the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines are now available. The NHS will contact you when it’s the right time for you to come forward for the vaccine. You can find out more via https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/
The NHS is vaccinating the most at risk groups in hospital hubs and at some GP practices. You will be contacted when it’s the right time for you to come forward. Find out more about the local roll-out of the vaccination programme viahttps://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/
People who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are being contacted via text, letter or phone call when it’s the right time for them to be booked in. Please don’t contact the NHS to book an appointment unless we have asked you to. Find out more viahttps://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/
If you have been offered a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please attend this. You are still allowed to leave your home to attend your vaccination appointment, in line with national lockdown rules. Find out more about the vaccine roll-out via https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/
Both the Pfizer/BioNTech & Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Find out more about the vaccine roll-out: https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Briefing
The Covid-19 Vaccination Programme is now well underway in Cambridgeshire and
Peterborough and will continue throughout the current national lockdown. We are writing to provide you with an update of the programme as it stands on 6 January 2021.

Vaccination sites
We are working incredibly hard to open up additional vaccination sites over the coming days and weeks to expand the number of vaccination sites and vaccination appointments we have available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The following sites are live and delivering vaccinations to those aged over 80, care home workers and frontline NHS staff:
Peterborough City Hospital
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Ely South and Ely North Primary Care Networks – with practices in Ely, Soham,
Haddenham, Burwell and Littleport
Wisbech PCN – covering the following practices: Clarkson Surgery, North Brink
Practice, Parsons Drive Surgery and Trinity Surgery
South Peterborough – covering the following practices: Oundle Medical Practice,
New Queen Street & Stanground Surgeries, and Yaxley
Lakeside St Neots – covering the following practices: Cedar House Practice,
Dumbelton Medical Practice, St Neots Health Centre and Eaton Socon Health Centre


A number of other locations across the area are due to open next week. We will also be starting to vaccinate the top priority JCVI group – Care Homes residents and staff – in their own Care Homes as of this week.


Vaccination appointments
We have already booked in and vaccinated thousands of people aged over 80, care home workers and frontline NHS staff across our area, but we know that there are many more people still to contact and book in as more slots become available.
If people are registered with a local GP, they will be contacted via email, text, phone or letter when it is their turn to book an appointment. This may vary slightly between different areas in our region due to how the vaccines are made available and distributed from the central distribution system, but please be assured that local residents who fall into the priority groups (as determined by the JCVI) will be
contacted by their nearest vaccine centre as soon as the vaccine is available for them.
If they are not registered with a GP, we would recommend they register with a GP as soon as possible.We would ask that local people do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, unless invited to do so. We will contact them when there are appointments available. This is to help us ensure that call handlers at vaccination sites across the area can utilise maximum capacity to book appointments for those currently eligible for the vaccination.


Delivery of second dose
National guidance from the UK’s Chief Medical Officers now recommends that the second dose for both PfizerBioNTech and OxfordAstraZeneca vaccines can be delivered up to 12 weeks after the first vaccination. The new medical advice states that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
Two doses of the vaccine are still needed to get the best protection from the virus, but significant protection is provided at 22 days after the first dose. The new guidance will therefore help ensure that as many vulnerable people as possible benefit from the protection offered by the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible.
Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting people from Covid-19 once the course is complete. Based on this new advice we are in the process of contacting people who originally had their second dose vaccination appointment booked in earlier than is now required. This means we will be working hard to change a large number of appointments. If an appointment is going to be changed, we will contact the patient directly. If a patient does not hear from us, then their appointment will continue as planned. Given the numbers of people we need to contact and the time it will take, we would ask that local people do not contact the hospitals or GP practices as they are extremely busy as their call may prevent one that is more critical from getting through.

Maintain Hands, Face, Space
It is important, even after people have received their first vaccination, to follow the current
hands, face, space and ventilate guidance to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
Further information
Further information about the vaccination programme can be found on our website at
https://www.cambridgeshireandpeterboroughccg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latestnews/covid-19-national-vaccination-programme/

VILLAGE DEFIBRILLATOR

There are two  defibrillators.

One is located outside Brington School and the other is located In the Molesworth Telephone Box!

To unlock the cabinet you will need to dial 999 to get the code and call for an ambulance/paramedic.  Do not leave the patient alone, get help to bring the defibrillator to you.

CPR should be administered until the defibrillator is ready for use.

Announcement of Town Re-Opening and Action Plans

Shop Local

This is key campaign to support the small and medium sized independent retailers that make our towns special. This will include a Re-Opening Huntingdonshire Survey to ensure we are focused on the concerns and issues our community have in returning to our high streets.
Information has been gathered in conjunction with BID Huntingdon, St Neots Town Council and St Ives Town Council to publicise information on the businesses open, their opening hours and whether they offer click and collect, card payment or an appointment system.
Several businesses will be involved in showcasing that our towns are safely open.
Our local businesses support local jobs which is essential for successful towns.

Supporting Businesses

We have spoken to the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Huntingdonshire Against Business Crime, the Town Clerks and the BID in Huntingdon, which highlighted:
Need for help with COVID-19 safe trading and risk assessments required, especially for businesses employing more than5 staff.
Need for help outside their premises, queuing arrangements and space to queue. With the need to manage social distancing inside the premises most retailers will have limited ability to look after their forecourt areas.
We have established town specific action plans to support businesses and shoppers to visit safely. The detailed plans are attached and will be made available on the Council’s website. We are planning to:
Maintain free parking whilst lockdown eases.
Move the markets to create space in our town centres as they become busy.
Use signage to highlight the social distancing message.
Deploy queue and queue end markers sprayed in environmentally friendly paint.
Use our Parking Officers as Ambassadors supplemented by temporary staffing including Town Council and BID Huntingdon Rangers.
Update the www.wearehuntingdonshire.org hub with specific advice for risk assessments, links to free mentoring, and specific advice on temporary relaxation of planning and licensing rules.

Helping Visitors

We will promote a campaign to highlight the preparations made by our businesses and in our high streets to encourage shoppers to return and shop safely. We will be emphasising the need to plan and look after yourself whilst being kind and patient with others. Additional measures to those already described include:
Additional cleansing.
Monitoring of hotspots of possible congestion/queuing.
Ensuring continued access for anyone with disabilities.

Action Plans

The plans have been drawn up in consultation with the Police and endorsed by the County Council Highways team. They have been developed in partnership with the Town Councils, Huntingdonshire Business Against crime, BID Huntingdon as well as District Council officers from Planning, Licensing, Parking, Economic Development, Environmental Health and Street Cleansing.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Neil Sloper, Head of Operations, who is co-ordinating the team re-opening our towns and supporting our businesses to do so.