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Friday 25 June 2021

Residents Bulletin

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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Grab a jab

Grab a jab this weekend – no appointment necessary!

This weekend, NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting COVID-19 vaccine walk-in sessions at some of the Rotherham vaccination sites as part of the Grab a Jab weekend. 

Adults who have not already had their first dose of the vaccination are being invited to attend with no need to book an appointment.   

As long as you are 18 years old or older, live in Rotherham and haven’t had your first dose vaccination, you can go to one of the two sites below to get your vaccination and help protect yourself and those around you from the virus: 

  • Saturday 26th June – 9am to 11.30am at Rawmarsh Health Centre  
  • Sunday 27th June – 8.30am to 5pm at St Ann’s Leisure Centre (Rotherham Leisure Complex)  

All vaccinations with be the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

All you will need to do is bring ID for proof of age as we are only able to vaccinate those over 18 at this time.  

Please share with eligible family and friends who have not yet had their first jab. Let’s keep Rotherham moving.

Covid update from Rotherham Hospital

Keep Rotherham Moving

Infection rate on the rise in Rotherham

The rate of cases of COVID in Rotherham is now rising more quickly and is currently at 59.5 per 100,000 with 158 new cases, up from 93 cases in the borough in the last week. Rotherham remains below the England average rate of 101.5 per 100,000 which is also rising quickly.  

Like elsewhere in the country, most cases locally are now the Delta variant which is more transmissible. Now that the rate of cases is higher and rising, it is even more important to remember that COVID is still here and the usual measures of social distancing, meeting outside, and ventilation and mask wearing indoors, all remain important. Cases are mainly in older children and young adults who are not vaccinated.

National, regional and local COVID data is available from the Government website.

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 and complete both doses.

Anyone aged 18 or over can now book a local appointment to get vaccinated by calling the local booking line on 0300 3035258 

Latest from Rotherham Hospital

Rotherham hospital at night

Two inpatients were being treated for COVID-19 in Rotherham Hospital on Wednesday morning, with none in critical care.

Since the start of the pandemic, Rotherham Hospital has treated 2,593 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and safely discharged a total of 1,911.

Protect the NHS – choose the right care for your needs

Healthcare options

All our local health services are extremely busy at the moment, so we can all do our bit by choosing carefully when we need to access the NHS.

NHS 111 can help if you have an urgent medical problem and you’re not sure what to do. Get help online at (for people aged 5 and over only) or on the phone call 111.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you need help from health services this weekend you can access our extended GP and nurse appointments by booking on the Rotherham Health App. #Helpushelpyouby using the right health service for your illness or condition.

Download the Rotherham Health App here.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service is also experiencing an unprecedented increase in demand. Please only call an ambulance if you really need to and be as patient as you can whilst waiting for a response.

A chance for us all to say ‘thank you’

Thank you day logo

We’ve all got someone to say thank you to this year.

Whether it’s the neighbours for checking we were okay, the delivery drivers who kept food on the shelves, the volunteers who helped get the vaccine out, or the kids for keeping us entertained – we want to get together to say thank you to them all.

Sunday 4 July is national Thank You Day. We’re joining alongside some amazing organisations including the NHS, Royal Voluntary Service, National Citizens Service and the Scouts to say thank you to everyone who deserves it. 

In Rotherham we’ll be posting a number of Thank You Day videos to celebrate the members of our community who have made a big difference to our lives over the last 18 months by helping us with the little things. You can join in on Twitter and Facebook by using #ThankYouDay and #ThankYouRotherham.

We will also be leading the borough to raise a glass or mug and say cheers to our volunteers at 5pm on Sunday 4 July.

So why not join the celebrations? Find out more about how you can take part and spread the word about Thank You Day by visiting the official website.

Lucy Corker - LFT site

Click on the image to view the video

10,000 tests at Riverside site

Staff from the Riverside Lateral Flow Test site are saying a big thank you to everyone who has used the test site or any of the other satellite sites.  

The site will be closing next week, so Lateral Flow Test Site officer, Lucy Corker, recaps what has happened over the past few months.

With one in three people testing positive for Covid without any symptoms, people are encouraged to take regular tests.

If you don’t have symptoms you should use a rapid lateral flow test. You should use these tests if you are visiting someone who receives care/support, for education or childcare, for access to some events, as part of your job or as part of routine home testing.

Results are processed by a test device in 30 mins and you should report your result online, whatever it is. If you get a positive result you need to have a PCR test (see below) to confirm.

These tests are available free from a variety of locations, including ordering online, or from local libraries and pharmacies 

If you have symptoms you will need to self-isolate and arrange to get a PCR Test. PCR tests are processed by a lab and you will get the result in 3 days (although most results are returned the next day. You can get a PCR test online or at a local test site.

Measures in place to reduce the risk at events

From 21 June, restrictions were removed on the maximum number of people allowed to attend:

  • wedding or civil partnership ceremonies and receptions 
  • funerals 
  • wakes or commemorative events for the deceased 

Instead, the number of attendees will be determined by how many people the venue or outdoor space can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place. This will be based on the COVID-19 risk assessment of the venue or outdoor space, and the measures put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

If you are arranging an event, you must make sure there is a risk assessment for you event. Risk assessments are now required by law to make sure that all measures are in place to keep the risk of COVID-19 to a minimum. 

You could get a £10,000 fine for organising a gathering of more than 50 people outdoors or 30 people indoors, if you do not consider the risks, conduct a risk assessment and take action to minimise the risk.  

Larger events

Larger events are judged on a case by case basis and are subject to comprehensive COVID-19 Risk assessments by organisers.

Further information is available on the GOV.UK website.

These requirements have been put in place nationally by the UK Government.

More countries added to travel ‘green list’


The Government has released new information about international travel and added new countries to the ‘Green List’.

Before you travel make sure you keep up to date with the status of your destination and what measure you need to take before returning home on the Government website.

Armed Forces Day

Paying tribute to our troops

Tomorrow, Saturday 26 June is Armed Forces Day.

To mark the occasion, the Armed Forces Day flag will be raised above the Town Hall by the Mayor, Cllr Jenny Andrews, accompanied by Rotherham military veteran Mr Ron Moffett MBE, to show appreciation for all serving personnel and ex-servicemen and women.  

Cllr Andrews said: “It is an important day, acknowledging men and women across the services, those who have served or are serving today and members who are also supporting the country through the pandemic.   

“Unfortunately, it is too early for the Council to organise such a large-scale public event given the current uncertainties around the pandemic.  Rotherham Town Hall also remains closed so please accept our apologies and hopefully next year’s event will be bigger and better than ever before.”