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Friday 20 August 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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Rotherham NHS Clinical Commissioning Group are hosting Walk-In vaccination sessions this weekend. There is no need to book, all you need to do is go to one of the following sessions for either dose of your vaccine.
For those who have already received their first dose, please note that you will receive your second dose around 8 -12 weeks after receiving your first.
St Ann’s Rotherham Leisure Centre – Saturday 21 August
Pfizer & AstraZeneca Session – 8.30am – 1pm
Rawmarsh Customer Service Centre – Sunday 22 August
Pfizer & AstraZeneca Session – 8.30am – 1pm
- You MUST wear a face-covering whilst attending a vaccination walk-in session.
- The vaccination sessions are for those living in Rotherham aged over 16 years and over.
- Please bring ID for proof of age.
- Please be prepared to queue during busy periods.
- Make sure you’ve had something to eat and drink before your jab. You can also take a bottle of water with you.
The infection rate in Rotherham remains high since restrictions eased. It currently stands at 410 per 100,000 which is well above the national average of 308 per 100,000. The rate is still rising.
The area of most concern is within the over 60s age group. Rates of cases in the over 60s is at 258 per 100,000, the second highest rate in the country. We are also seeing a continued rise in hospital admissions with more than 60 patients currently in Rotherham hospital with COVID-19.
We are seeing persistent widespread transmission across the whole borough. Cases are occurring across all age ranges and we are seeing most transmission within the community, from people meeting with friends and family, and going out to the shops, entertainment venues, and eateries. This is why it is important that you continue to follow social distancing guidance and also wear a face covering while you are in indoor public spaces. Washing your hands regularly or using hand sanitiser will also help stop the rate of transmission.
Whilst double vaccination has been successful in reducing severity of symptoms for the majority, it is still possible to become infected and transmit the infection to others even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Those who have not had both doses of their vaccine should book and appointment or attend a Grab a Jab session as soon as they can.
The number of positive cases in Rotherham continues to be above the National Average, so if you have plans for the Bank Holiday on Monday 30 August, make sure you plan ahead to keep your family safe from COVID-19.
Some of you may be making the most of the last few weeks of the summer holidays by going on holiday either in the UK or abroad, but remember, COVID’s not gone yet.
Make sure you keep safe by continuing to follow social distancing and wearing a face mask in indoor public spaces – while it is no longer a legal requirement for you to wear a face covering indoors, these measures really do help stop the spread of the virus.
Also, get tested regularly, especially if you are going out shopping, visiting family and friends, or going out for a meal. By getting tested you’re helping to stop the spread of the virus and it also gives you that reassurance that you won’t be passing it on to other people.
If you start with symptoms, even if they are really mild, get a PCR test to make sure. Stay at home until you get your results back and if you do test positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days at home even if you have been double vaccinated.
On Wednesday 18 August, 59 inpatients in Rotherham Hospital tested positive for COVID-19, with 1 in critical care. This is an increase from last week.
Since the start of the pandemic, Rotherham Hospital has treated 2,845 people who have tested positive for COVID-19 and safely discharged a total of 2,081.
If you are visiting the hospital, please be aware that restrictions are still in place and face coverings still need to be worn.
Further information about visiting the hospital
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have test positive, you must not visit the hospital, your GP or a pharmacy. If you need advice, please call 111 or contact the Rotherham Hub if you need support with collecting prescriptions.
Get support from Rotherham Hub
Further information about COVID-19
Rotherham Council is preparing a new Council Plan which will guide its priorities for the coming years to 2024. As part of this people across the borough will have the chance to put across their views on what they think are the biggest questions facing our communities.
Throughout the summer residents are being urged to get involved with the ‘Our Rotherham, Our Borough’ consultation.
The coronavirus pandemic has created new challenges for people and new issues have developed while others may have altered over the last 16 months.
The consultation period closes on Sunday 19 September.
More information can be found here
The Garden Waste collection service will resume on Monday 23 August 2021. If you have subscribed to the service, please put out your garden waste bin on your next scheduled collection date.
Our team will be operating with minimal staff, and the volume of garden waste to be collected will be greater than usual to start with so lorries will need to go to be emptied more often. This means it is possible that some collection rounds may be delayed, however, we will make extra rounds on subsequent days, including over weekends, to ensure all brown bins are collected.
In the event that your collection is delayed, we are asking you to do the following:
- Leave your bin out if it is not collected that day, so it’s ready for our crews to collect.
- Only report your garden waste collection as missed if it is two or more working days late.
- Help the crews complete the rounds as fast as possible, for example by ensuring parked cars are not preventing access for the lorries.
Please be aware that only waste that is in your garden waste bin will be collected. If you have excess garden waste, you can take this to your Household Waste Recycle Centre. Further information is available on the Council’s website.
We would like to thank everyone for their patience and would like to take this opportunity to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of this service.
Our waste teams have been working hard to get this service back up and running in challenging circumstances, so please be kind if you see any of the team out on their rounds.
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Community health services run by The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are hosting an open air fayre to promote the diverse range of services the NHS has to offer the people of Rotherham.
The ‘fresh air fayre’ will be held outside BreathingSpace on Badsley Moor Lane on Wednesday 8 September 2021 between 2pm and 4pm, and is open to everyone.
Health care professionals from a number of services, including Diabetes, Ear Care and Audiology, Heart Failure, Speech and Language Therapy, Respiratory, Nutrition and Dietetics and District Nursing, amongst others, will be available to showcase what their service has to offer and to answer any questions.
Read the full article here