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Friday 18 June 2021
Due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are providing regular email updates to let you know about the latest information we have on local and national measures to contain the virus, any changes to local services and support that’s available.
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Everyone over the age of 18 is now being invited to book their COVID-19 vaccination through the local vaccination service.
As the number of Delta variant cases increase nationally, it is extremely important that eligible people come forward to have their COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them, their loved ones and their communities from the virus.
Everyone can now book their COVID-19 vaccine as long as they are:
- 18 years old or over and not had their first dose of the COVID vaccine
- Registered at a Rotherham GP practice
All first dose appointments in Rotherham over the coming weeks will be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
And if you’ve already had your first dose, remember to get your second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine gives you the best protection against the Delta Variant. Please get your second dose when it is offered to you.
If you have not been invited for your vaccine and are not registered to GPs in Swallownest, Thurcroft, Dinnington and Kiveton Park, call the local service on 0300 3035258 to book an appointment at one of our Rotherham sites.
The Rotherham booking line will be open at the following times:
- Monday to Friday – 9am to 8pm
- Saturday and Sunday – 9am to 5pm
If you are registered at a Swallownest, Thurcroft, Dinnington or Kiveton Park GP surgery, please send your full name, date of birth, GP practice, contact number and postcode to the secure email address firstname.lastname@example.org. Someone will contact you to arrange an appointment.
Let’s all work together to reduce the risk of the virus and protect our communities.
Earlier this week, the government announced a 4-week pause in its Roadmap out of restrictions. This means that Step 3 restrictions will remain in place from Monday 21 June, and you should continue to follow the guidance at this step.
You will still be able to meet with friends and family outdoors and indoors, and indoor hospitality will remain open. However, restrictions on the number of people that can meet will still be limited to 6 people or two households indoors or up to 30 people outdoors.
It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, although the government will continue to monitor the data as will review this after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.
However, some restrictions will change on 21 June, including:
- weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
- commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
- large events pilots
- care home visits
- domestic residential visits for children
The rate of cases of COVID-19 in Rotherham has increased this week and is currently at 35.0 per 100,000 with 93 cases in the borough in the last week compared to 69 cases last week.
By the beginning of next week we expect the rate to have doubled since the release of restrictions in mid-May.
Rotherham remains below the England average rate of 75.2 per 100,000 which has been rising even more quickly. Like elsewhere in the country, most cases locally are now the Delta variant which is more transmissible.
Cases remain mainly in older children and young adults who are unvaccinated. However, to prevent the continued rise in cases and spread of cases into older age groups where harm is more likely, it is really important all adults take up their offer of the vaccine.
Covid update from Rotherham Hospital
Three people were being treated for COVID-19 in Rotherham Hospital on Wednesday morning, of which one was in critical care.
Since the start of the pandemic, Rotherham Hospital has treated 2,591 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and safely discharged a total of 1,909.
The supervised Lateral Flow Testing sites at Riverside House and the Unity Centre will close at the end of the month. The team at both centres would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has attended and helped to keep Rotherham open.
Home testing kits are still available to collect across Rotherham:
From your local library (excluding Wath-upon-Dearne and Riverside)
From your local pharmacy
From your nearest symptomatic testing site
Once again, thank you to everyone who attended both centres.
We have two new videos to share with you about how Rotherham is moving ahead.
We’ve been out in the borough asking people what they think we all need to do to make sure we keep Rotherham moving out of COVID-19 restrictions so that businesses can continue to stay open and how we can all help reduce the risk of spreading COVID in our communities.
And earlier this week, we issued an update on how we’re forging ahead with the plans to transform Rotherham Town Centre.
Find out more about what’s happening in the first of a series of videos showcasing the developments that are underway.
Two new temporary exhibitions opened at Clifton Park Museum this week after the local landmark reopened its doors.
The Youth Club exhibition depicts the youth culture in Rotherham from 1960’s – 2021 and showcases objects, photos and memories to help tell a story of youth, both past and present.
The exhibition, which has been co-produced with the Young Creators Group and funded by National Heritage Lottery Fund, looks at the themes of music, fashion, bedrooms, communication and gaming through memorabilia donated by local residents.
The collection, which covers everything from cassette players to Tik Tok and Pac-Man to Playstations will run until 15th August 2021.
Running alongside this the Revealed Roots, Concealed Connections exhibition has also opened at the Museum, celebrating the personal stories of three of the Museums Visitor Services team who co-produced the exhibition with contemporary artist Pippa Hale.
The exhibition centres around three new artworks created by Pippa and the team and draws out themes such as people’s love of dogs, travel, Rotherham United Football Club and former local brassworks, Guest and Chrimes.
The exhibition has been funded by Arts Council England and will be displayed until February next year.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Councillor David Sheppard said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome people back to the museum and these new exhibitions will add even more to the visitor’s experience. Both exhibitions are a wonderful celebration of the borough and its people.”
Alongside the two temporary exhibitions visitors to the museum can also enjoy a new art exhibition in the newly decorated Drawing Room. The Walker Café has also resumed its inside catering offer.
A number of events will take over the summer to celebrate the new exhibitions.