Covid-19 Bulletin – Friday 26 February 2021

Having trouble viewing this email? View it as a Web page.Manchester City Council logoCovid-19 Bulletin – Friday 26 February 2021Covid-19 roadmapGovernment outlines COVID roadmapThe government in England has outlined its COVID roadmap as a route back to normal life. The roadmap has four key steps, aligned to dates when different restrictions could be potentially lifted across the whole of England, if four tests are met. They are:  The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS The Government’s assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new COVID Variants of Concern There will be a minimum of five weeks between each step: four weeks for the scientific data to reflect the changes in restrictions and to be analysed; followed by one week’s advance notice of the restrictions that will be eased. The first key step date is March 8 2021, when schools in England are expected to return. It is still very important that everyone follows the Stay-at-Home restrictions and the Hands Face Space advice to help prevent the virus from spreading. The website has more information on the roadmap and a British Sign Language (BSL) version is available hereCovid vaccine updateManchester reaches COVID vaccination milestone  Thanks to the amazing work of our NHS teams and the thousands of volunteers across the city, over 100,000 people registered at GP practices in Manchester have now received their first dose of the Covid vaccine. Thank you for doing your bit, Manchester!Councillors video message addresses COVID vaccine questionsA new video message by Manchester City Councillors is seeking to address people’s questions about the COVID vaccines and encourage more people to come forward to get their vaccination to protect themselves and their loved ones from COVID-19.Portrait photo of 3 volunteersVaccination site worker captures the faces of Mancunians who stepped up to volunteerIn January a call went out to Mancunians, asking them to step forward and volunteer to help successfully roll out the city’s Covid-19 mass vaccination programme. Nearly 3,000 volunteers came forward pledging their support. One of those volunteers was David McLenachan, 64, from Bury. As he carried out his stewarding duties, he decided that as semi-professional photographer, he would begin to take portraits of his fellow volunteers.   One of the most common sights since the outbreak of the pandemic has been people wearing a mask or face covering. This was something that David couldn’t help but notice when stood on his shifts, the only visible part of his colleagues’ faces being their eyes.   Find out more.Are you 64?Carers and those aged 64 urged to book their COVID vaccinations Are you 64 years old? If you haven’t had your Covid19 vaccine yet, you can expect to receive a letter in the next few days inviting you to attend a vaccination centre or local pharmacy. Check your letterbox today and get booked in for your vaccine appointment. If you're a carer eligible for Carer's Allowance, book your vaccineAre you a carer?You can now book your COVID-19 vaccine. We know it’s been a hard time for every one of you so please call 119 or visiting our booking service to get started and get your vaccine – make your appointment today.More information about vaccination. Manchester Community Response HubCommunity HubThe Community Response Hub offers support to Manchester’s most vulnerable people to help them cope with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak. The Hub is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm and can help with: Access to food Delivery of medication Combating loneliness Managing fuel top-up payments Getting access to services online Help is also available for other reasons, for example, if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer. If you need help freephone: 0800 234 6123 email: or text: 078600 22876 (messages responded to by the next working day) or visit Support for people Self isolating with COVID-19 Where people have been told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace and their income has been affected, they could be eligible for a one-off support payment. Find out more. Help with Debt, Bills and BorrowingHelping Hands - you are not working or furloughed at the moment due to COVID-19 and need help with debt, bills or borrowing, visit for advice and support. Financial support for businessesBusiness advice and supportExpanded Additional Restrictions Grants We have expanded the discretionary Additional Restrictions Grant to help businesses whose trade has been significantly affected by the absence of workers, commuters and tourists in the city due to the lockdown restrictions.   The Expanded Additional Restrictions Grant scheme (EARG) has been designed to support Manchester businesses we know have seen a big drop in trade, but who have been ineligible for other Government grant schemes. The main scheme will support local businesses with Business Rates liability or fixed property costs affected by the downturn in daytime economy trade, the tourism and cultural sectors, and the airport supply chain. Some self-employed sole traders and company directors of small businesses, without fixed business property, related costs may also be eligible. If your business has been affected and you haven’t already received a Local Restriction Support Grant, a previous Additional Restrictions Grant payment or other Government support such as the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme, you may be eligible.   Check eligibility and find out more at Africana - Vaccine Q&A with GPsSouth Asian Heritage Month Presents – Covid-19 Q&A with local GPs on Radio AfricanaIf you want to join a Q&A session with local GPs on Radio Africana tune in this Saturday at 12noon. A Recording about Covid-19 Vaccines – an ‘Ask the Experts Event’ – which includes Dr Manisha Kumar, Medical Director, from Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) on the experts’ panel is available to watch on YouTube – South Asian Heritage Month Presents: Covid-19 Vaccines- Ask The Experts – YouTube  Remember the golden rules👋 Hands
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