Coronavirus News Index

  • Healthy Minds Calderdale – April-June Courses Etc
    Take a look at the upcoming courses and regular workshops and groups from Healthy Minds Calderdale. For the present everything is run over zoom with joining instructions emailed before the sessions. Workshops, Courses and Groups …
  • Twice weekly rapid testing to be available to everyone in England
    Everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) testing from 9 April 2021, the Government has announced. Everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free …
  • Access To Work Factsheet
    This is the Government’s latest information on the Access to Work scheme, which aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. Changes to Access to Work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Read …
  • Advice: Providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities & autism
    This Government guidance is for anyone who provides unpaid care, such as friends or family, to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults. It has been updated in line with the latest easing of lockdown regulations. The …
  • Face-to-face assessments to resume for health and disability benefits
    The Government’s Department For Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that, “in line with the latest public health guidance and adhering to strict safety protocols”, it is to begin reintroducing face-to-face assessments for …
  • Many Disabled People Won’t Stop Shielding
    Research by disability charity Scope has found that 75% of Disabled people do not want to stop shielding. Shielding officially ended on 31 March, but many Disabled people have fears that they will not be able to return to safe …
  • Report: Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England
    Coronavirus and clinically extremely vulnerable people in England: 18 January to 30 January 2021. This is a Government report which offers analysis of clinically extremely vulnerable people in England during the coronavirus …
  • Healthy Minds Calderdale’s latest Workshops, Courses & Groups
    Here are Healthy Minds Calderdale’s latest Workshops, Courses & Groups running for the period April – June 2021 To book or for further details: Email: Nicky@healthymindscalderdale.co.uk Or call: 01422 345154 For wider …
  • Coronavirus Restrictions – 29 March: What’s changed?
    Some of the Government’s Coronavirus rules on what you can and cannot do change on 29 March. However, many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with or have formed a …
  • Government launches mental health and wellbeing recovery plan
    The UK Government has launched a plan to prevent, mitigate and respond to the mental health impacts of the pandemic during 2021 to 2022. Here’s their brief introduction to the plan, along with a link to the full document. …
  • Vaccination: Don’t Let Your Guard Down Too Soon!
    Health services are observing a rise in Coronavirus infections in people shortly after they have received their first vaccination, suggesting that many people are letting their guard down before the vaccine has taken effect. …
  • Report: Access To GPs “Difficult” During Pandemic
    This article is taken from the BMJ website The covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated access problems in general practice and patients have reported finding it difficult to book appointments and access treatment, a report by …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine Scams – Helpful Info
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  • AstraZeneca vaccine prevents 100% of severe disease
    Article from the BMJ website Interim analysis of a phase III trial has found that the vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca was 79% effective at preventing symptomatic covid-19 and 100% effective at preventing …
  • End of Shielding: BSL Version of Government Advice
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. The Government is sending a letter to all of them explaining this decision and updating advice on preventing the …
  • Ongoing advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people
    This is the latest (March 18th) advice from the Government for people who have been shielding. Shielding advice is being paused nationally from 31 March. From 1 April you are no longer advised to shield, but you must continue to …
  • Letter To Clincally Vulnerable With End of Shielding Advice
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable is changing from 1 April and the Government have sent the following letter to everyone who is on their shielding list.  On 22 February the Government published a roadmap out of the …
  • Shielding To End On 1 April
    More than 3.7 million vulnerable people in England will no longer have to shield from the coronavirus from 1 April. It comes as the numbers of Covid-19 cases and hospital admissions have declined for the past couple of weeks. …
  • Department of Public Health Backs Vaccine Safety
    I am worried that the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine isn’t safe as I’ve heard some countries are stopping using it – should I still have it? It’s a question that’s been concerning some people in recent days! Here’s …
  • Coronavirus: Government guidance for people receiving direct payments
    The Government has published a series of advice documents for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support. Here are …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …
  • COVID-19: Overcrowded housing – reducing the risk of infection
    The government has published guidance that explains the additional steps you should consider to reduce the risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 for people who live in: accommodation with shared facilities, such as a block of …
  • Mental Health – Who To Call!
    Here’s a quick reminder from our friends at Calderdale council of a few of the mental health resources available to everyone in Calderdale – also visit our Mental Health Page for lots more options and places to turn. …
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    Obesity & Covid-19 – A Catalyst for Change
    The evidence is clear that obesity is a risk factor for severe covid-19 disease and death. Writing on the BMJ website, Meera Senthilingam asks what this increased urgency has done to boost action against this other epidemic …
  • NHS Vaccine Text Messages – How To Recognise Them
    From March 9 the NHS will begin texting people inviting them to book their life saving COVID jab, making it quicker and more convenient to get an appointment. Almost 400,000 people aged 55 and over and 40,000 unpaid carers will …
  • Calderdale Council Covid-19 Update
    As children return to school and mix, it’s inevitable the virus will spread, so it’s important that those of us that aren’t school children, do all we can to prevent the Virus spreading. This means staying at home as much as …
  • Recent DWP Announcements & Budget Fallout
    Key points from this week’s Budget announcement Extension of furlough and support for the self-employed The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until the end of September. Employees will continue to receive 80% of …
  • The Government’s Back To School & College Information
    What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19 – this is the government’s information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in …
  • Lockdown – Rules That Change On 8 March
    March 8th is the first date when changes are made to the lockdown rules in England. It marks the first steps on the government’s easing of Coronavirus restrictions which it published as the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring …
  • Calderdale GPs offering pulse oximeters to those vulnerable to COVID-19
    Devices to monitor oxygen levels and pulse rate are being offered to those patients in Calderdale that are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19 and suffer from breathlessness or other associated symptoms. Patients …
  • At least 150,000 with learning disabilities to get vaccine sooner
    At least 150,000 people with learning disabilities are to get the Coronavirus vaccine sooner than originally planned – the news was released by Public Health England yesterday (24 Feb 2021) – here’s what they …
  • Council Support For 3000 Additional Residents Shielding
    Calderdale Council is continuing to support those most at risk of becoming seriously ill if they catch COVID-19, as the national shielding programme is extended. The government has announced that an additional 1.7million people …
  • Book your coronavirus vaccination – if you’re clinically vulnerable or aged over 64
    Use this NHS service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments. Who can use this service You can only use this service if any of the following apply: you are aged 64 or over you have previously …
  • Stage 1 – Summary of March 8th changes of restrictions
    From 8 March, some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing: you will be allowed to spend time in outdoor public spaces for recreation on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support …
  • Government Releases 4-Step Plan to End Covid-19 Restrictions
    Today, Monday 22 February 2021, the Government has released its first detailed and timetabled plan to release the Coronavirus-combatting restrictions the country has been under since 4 January. Here is a summary of the main …
  • Calderdale Staying Safe: Helping All Domestic Abuse Victims
    If you are 16 or over, female or male and have experienced any form of Domestic Abuse, Calderdale Staying Safe are here to help you. They have diverse, experienced and skilled staff, female and male that can assist you and where …
  • Call 119 For A Covid-19 Home Testing Kit
    The government has introduced a number of new improvements to the home testing programme to make it even easier to get tested. People who do not have access to the internet can now order PCR home testing kits over the phone by …
  • Message from Debs Harkins, Calderdale’s Director of Public Health
    19 Feb 2021: The new UK COVID-19 variant that is known to spread more easily is now the dominant strain in Calderdale, with 98% of cases now being identified as this type. The current rate of infection in the borough is 182 per …
  • Updated letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people
    Important guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people from the government, 18 Feb 2021 Link: Other language versions, plus easy read, BSL and large print versions available here We are writing to you as you have …
  • Healthy Minds in March – Workshops, Course, Groups
    Workshops, Courses & Groups from Calderdale mental health specialists Healthy Minds, coming up in March 2021 Exploring Personal Values (two-part course) Tuesday 16th & 30th March, 11am-12.30pm When we are connected to …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – Why it’s safe? Why it was developed so quickly? And other importan…
    Here’s a really useful selection of detailed information on the most common concerns about the coronavirus vaccine currently being raised in local communities and which people might need reassurance about. Safety – …
  • Coronavirus: Who should be shielding and why?
    With more people are being added to the shielding list in England, the BBC have published this article looking at shielding, who it applies to and what changes are being made: Who is being added and why? Health advisers say they …
  • Additional 800,000 adults to be prioritised to receive vaccine
    Published 17 February 2021 New technology has been introduced in England to help clinicians identify, for the first time, a new group of people who may be at high risk from COVID-19. The patients identified through the risk …
  • All over-70s invited to book first Covid-19 vaccination
    People who are over 70 and haven’t had their first Covid-19 vaccination can now contact the NHS National Booking Service for an appointment. In West Yorkshire, health organisations expect to have reached everyone in the first …
  • Avoiding Vaccine Scams
    The NHS has teamed up with law enforcement and security agencies to warn the public not to fall victim to fraudsters trying to exploit the coronavirus vaccine campaign. Criminals are claiming they can offer the vaccine at a cost …
  • Vaccine Safety Data “Reassuring”
    This article first appeared on the British Medical Journal website. The UK’s medicines regulator has described the first safety data related to covid-19 vaccines as “reassuring,” with most side effects reported being mild and in …
  • Calderdale Museums’ Enews February 2021
    LGBT+ History Month 2021 For LGBT+ History Month 2021 we’re proud to share the story of landowner, businesswoman, traveller, diarist and lesbian Anne Lister of Shibden Hall. Find out more on our website including …
  • Gov’t Report: Coronavirus related deaths by disability status
    A new Government report has been released which focuses on estimates of differences in COVID-19 mortality risk by self-reported disability status and diagnosed learning disability status for deaths occurring up to 20 November …
  • BSL Videos: Coronavirus Vaccination Guide
    This is the Government’s latest information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination in a BSL format: The COVID-19 vaccination for older adults leaflet is available to download. Paper copies are also available to order. …
  • Children’s Disability Living Allowance Applications – Information and Support.
    Disability Support Calderdale has received funding from Community Foundation For Calderdale to support families, children and young people with Children’s Disability Living Allowance Applications. They are working remotely at the …
  • Government Reports Into Vaccine Safety
    This report from the Government covers the safety of the Coronavirus vaccines. There’s a link to a more detailed report at the foot of the page. Government Report Into Vaccine Safety Data published from UK’s independent …
  • Plan Your Bus/Train Travel to Vaccination Centres
    The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has put in place several measures to assist local people in getting to community vaccination centres by public transport, including a journey planner facility on their website (see below) …
  • West Yorkshire Vaccination Programme Update
    The NHS is reassuring people in West Yorkshire that they will be contacted when it’s time for their COVID-19 vaccine appointment – and there’s no need for them to contact services. The COVID-19 vaccination rollout in West …
  • Healthy Minds Calderdale Workshops
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …
  • Gov’t Advice: How to stop the spread of coronavirus
    Here’s the latest Government advice on stopping the spread of Coronavirus. We’re all familiar with the basics, but it’s well worth a read just to refresh your memory on some of the details! Protect yourself and …
  • Deaf Text & Other Ways To Get Support From The Council
    Calderdale Council are a key provider of support during the Coronavirus pandemic for residents of Calderdale. Visit their website for lots of advice across a wide range of services. Or call them on 01422 392890 for volunteer …
  • English Federation of Disability Sport Newsletter
    Activity Alliance is the operating name for the English Federation of Disability Sport. Here’s their latest newsletter: Welcome to the first newsletter in 2021. This edition features our response to the Sport England …
  • Be phone aware – avoiding telephone COVID related scams
    Unfortunately, despite the pandemic, there are still those who will try to commit fraud. Ofcom have received information from the NHS regarding many different scams relating to Covid-19 that are currently circulating. Calls are …
  • CREW Self-Guided Walk
    This week’s CREW Heart Support Group Bulletin features a self guided 5.5 miles walk through Starfish & Syke Hill. The walk is marked as Grade 2+ and estimated to take 2.5 hours to complete (see foot of page for more details …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – FAQs We Should All Read
    The following is the latest information on the coronavirus vaccine, in particular how it will be made available to you, its safety and effectiveness. Basics Please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine; they will contact you. …
  • Age UK Covid-19 Response Service – Also Available To Disabled People
    What is the Covid-19 Response service? Age UK’s Covid-19 response is a collection of services provided for up to 6 weeks to support someone who has been in hospital and/or to prevent a hospital readmission. Who would …
  • Coronavirus Update From Calderdale Council’s Public Health Dept.
    This update was circulated around Council staff on Friday 29 January 2021 and is from Caron Walker, Assistant Director, Adult Public Health Improvement This week I was saddened to hear that we had reached over 100,000 deaths in …
  • How The Pulse Oximeter Is Helping The Covid fight in Calderdale
    A pulse oximeter is a little device that is put on the finger to monitor the oxygen levels in the blood. Patients who attend A&E at Calderdale Royal Hospital and who have symptoms of coronavirus but have tested negative, will …
  • Calderdale Council Newsletter
    First life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations delivered to every elderly care home in Calderdale Every elderly care home in Calderdale has now had their first life-saving COVID-19 vaccinations delivered to those that were willing and …
  • Watch Out For Covid-19 Vaccine Scams
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  • How To Support Laptops For Learning in Calderdale
    Calderdale Council has teamed up with the Community Foundation for Calderdale and The Valley Learning Partnership to launch Laptops for Learning – an appeal to purchase laptops for pupils most at need while they are being …
  • Guide: Lateral Flow testing for people without symptoms
    This is an explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme. Published 27 January 2021 by the government. NHS Test and Trace is making rapid …
  • Domestic Abuse – West Yorkshire Police Update
    This is a new communication from West Yorkshire Police about Domestic Abuse and how to report it and how the police remain committed to combating it. West Yorkshire Police understands that the Coronavirus lockdown can be a …
  • Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups February 2021
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …
  • Calderdale Mask Exemption Cards
    Exemption Cards: We continue to run off copies of NHS Calderdale’s special cards. They are intended for use by people who can’t wear face coverings and need to communicate this to shop staff and other people. They …
  • Calderdale Council Covid-19 Update
    COVID 19 UPDATE 23.1.21 – distributed to councillors in Calderdale There were 476 positive Covid-19 tests carried out on Calderdale residents in the 7- day period 10-16 January 2021. In this 7-day period the rate was 225 …
  • Healthy Minds – Upcoming Accessible Support Opportunities
    Healthy Minds offers lots of accessible support for anybody who lives or works in Calderdale. They offer a range of services including; drop-in sessions, peer support groups, activity groups, workshops and welfare rights. All of …
  • Public Transport – Check Before you Travel
    Local bus and train operators are reminding customers to check the latest travel information before they travel as bus and rail operators continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check wymetro.com, @MetroTravelNews on …
  • Keep yourself warm in winter with Citizens Advice Calderdale
    With the current cold weather set to stay with us for the time being, this is a good time to remind you of this excellent service: Would you like to find out how to save money on your energy bills? Citizens Advice Calderdale can …
  • Calderdale’s Food Banks
    Here’s the council’s list of food banks operating in Calderdale – more info on the council website Hub 1 – Gathering Place/Ebenezer Opening times: Gathering Place (hot food take away) on Tuesday, Thursday …
  • Guide: Limiting close contact with others in the household if you have COVID-19
    Spend as little time as possible in shared spaces such as kitchens, bathrooms and sitting areas. Avoid using shared spaces such as kitchens and other living areas while others are present and take your meals back to your room to …
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable next in line for Vaccination invites
    People in England listed as clinically extremely vulnerable, will begin receiving offers of a coronavirus vaccine this week, alongside people aged 70 and over. Many people with disabilities fall into the groups set to receive the …
  • Healthy Minds Workshops & Groups January 2021
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are putting together a series of informative, helpful workshops, designed to assist during the challenging times we’re facing. Their workshops happen over zoom and give the opportunity for all …
  • Morrisons’ Doorstep Deliveries For People Self Isolating
    Morrisons continue to offer a doorstep deliver service for people who are self isolating: Their Doorstep Delivery service available to anyone who’s self-isolating, to help them get the groceries they need. Whether …
  • Vaccination – Latest Information/Advice From Gov’t
    Here is a selection of the Government’s latest advice and information on the Covid-19 vaccination. COVID-19 vaccination programme Selection of Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. …
  • COVID-19: letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people – Translations available
    There are now many translations available of the recently updated letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The letter offers a range of advice, information and suggested support sources: View …
  • Guidance on shielding – BSL and Audio Versions
    Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – British Sign Language Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable – audio Published 21 …
  • Fitness & Activity Ideas & Opportunities
    During the lockdown in spring 2020, Active Calderdale surveyed Calderdale residents, and found that 73% of people exercised to manage their physical health and 76% to manage their mental health – it’s really important that we …
  • Is your child feeling stressed, worried or uncertain?
    In Calderdale parents and carers have been asking for advice, support and signposting to emotional health and wellbeing support for their children and young people.  In response to that demand Calderdale Council have produced a …
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    Science: How The Oxford Vaccine Was Developed
    Andrew Pollard has been leading the Oxford vaccine clinical trials in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. He tells Elisabeth Mahase how the Oxford vaccine came to be, how dosing was worked out, and whether it will stand up to the …
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    Vitamin D – An Advisable Winter Supplement
    Despite claims that there is not enough evidence that vitamin D supplements protect people against Covid-19, everyone is still advised to take a daily supplement this winter to keep bones and muscles healthy. Free supplements are …
  • Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, exemption cards
    Government advice on face coverings: When to wear a face covering There are some places where you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse (see When you do not need to wear a face …
  • Sunflower Lanyards – Link To Website
    Not all disabilities are visible – some are not immediately obvious, such as autism, chronic pain, dementia, anxiety, visual or hearing impairment. Living with a hidden disability can make daily life more demanding for many …
  • Supermarket Update: Rules, Deliveries, Online Etc
    The website lovemoney.com has produced a really useful update on the latest rules, restrictions etc at English supermarkets. Read the full article here. Aldi Stores are usually open up to 10pm every day except for Sundays, when …
  • Government Publishes Vaccination Plan
    The Government has publishes plans for the largest vaccination programme in British history. At least 2 million vaccinations per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK Over 200,000 offers of non-clinical support from …
  • Video: Neighbours – Looking Out for yourself & New Year resolutions
    Here’s an upbeat video from the local NHS reminding us to look after ourselves and to make the best of the New Year: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73GIT0qvEuo Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Coronavirus: How to help/volunteer or receive help safely
    This government guidance is for volunteers and those receiving support from volunteers. Part 1 – Giving Support to Others The most important thing you can do to fight coronavirus is to follow social distancing guidance. …
  • Summary of the Government’s Covid-19 economic support measures
    UK wide support for jobs We have extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme until the end of April 2021. The government will cover the cost of 80 per cent of the wages of furloughed employees for hours not worked – employers …
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    Info & Data: Technical briefing documents on the new varient of Coronavirus
    for those of you interested in background info on the Coronavirus pandemic, here are the government’s Technical briefing documents on novel SARS-CoV-2 variant. Published 21 December 2020 and Last updated 8 January 2021 …
  • Latest Government Letter/Advice For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Part 1 – Letter Important advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the national lockdown On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a new national lockdown to help tackle the high and rising cases of …
  • Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi shares news of vaccine deployment
    This statement was released by the Vaccine Deployment Minister Nadhim Zahawi on Sunday 10 January 2021 and it outlines the plans to step up vaccine deployment in the UK in the coming weeks and months. Britons will again be …
  • 8 exercise videos for disabled people during isolation
    This collection of videos during lockdown 2021 comes from the online magazine for people with disabilities, Disability Horizons. The lockdown means that a lot of us are inevitably getting less exercise. But there are so many …
  • FREE things to keep you entertained during lockdown 2021
    This collection of FREE things to keep you entertained during lockdown 2021 comes from the online magazine for people with disabilities, Disability Horizons. With the new lockdown in place across the UK, they’ve headed into …
  • Government Support Info: If You Are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
    Support is in place for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) individuals, who must follow separate shielding guidance during the national lockdown. If you’re in this group, you will previously have: Received a letter from …
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    Covid-19 vaccination: What’s the evidence for extending the dosing interval?
    On 30 December the four UK chief medical officers announced that the second doses of the covid vaccines should be given towards the end of 12 weeks rather than in the previously recommended 3-4 weeks. BMJ journalists Gareth …