Coronavirus News Index

  • 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 …
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    Prioritisation of Coronavirus Vaccination Roll-Out
    Here are links to a couple of interesting Government reports into the prioritisation of Coronavirus vaccination Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation: advice on priority groups for Covid-19 vaccination, 30 December 2020 …
  • OFCOM Advice for consumers: coronavirus scam calls and texts
    This is the latest release from OFCOM detailing some of the main Coronavirus scam calls and texts currently circulating. 08 January 2021 We have received reports of scam calls and texts relating to the coronavirus, or Covid-19. …
  • Libraries – Service Update
    Due to the current lockdown, services on offer in our libraries have been scaled down. Central Library will continue to open Tuesday to Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. Brighouse, King Cross, Hebden Bridge and Todmorden libraries will …
  • NHS Calderdale: More people to be offered Covid-19 vaccine
    NHS Calderdale have announced that more care home residents and vulnerable people in Calderdale will be offered protection against Covid-19, as the new Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine starts to be rolled out to GP-centres. …
  • Calderdale Covid-19 Update
    7 January 2021 This is an update circulated to Calderdale’s “Covid-Champions”, people in the community selected to share important information about the pandemic in the local area. General Situation with Covid …
  • Mental Health: Support from Staying Well
    January is a hard time for many of us and as we face our 3rd National Lockdown people may be struggling more than ever. As dark nights and shivery mornings become the norm Staying Well want to reiterate that no one needs to feel …
  • Covid Vaccine Text Scams
    Fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information, police have warned. Derbyshire Constabulary says that the text offers a link to an “extremely …
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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. The BMJ’s Gareth …
  • Active Calderdale Advice on Keeping Active & Fit
    So what can you do to keep moving and be active during lockdown. Active Calderdale have put together this advice which might help. At home – You can exercise as much as you like in your own home alone or with your …
  • Local Support: Calderdale Council Volunteers & Support
    With a third period of lockdown now underway, Calderdale Council continue to offer support to vulnerable people, including those who are shielding again. For all volunteers support enquiries or for any other social care support, …
  • Shielding: Government Advice For Those Needing To Shield
    The Government has advised all those who are clinically vulnerable and who have previously shielded that they should resume shielding as part of the National Lockdown that commenced on Tuesday 5 January 2021. As yet, the …
  • Gov’t Advice: Children who can still access schools in lockdown
    Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote …
  • Virtually Well sung, online singing group
    Do you love to sing? Virtually Well Sung is a new online community singing group that starts on the 15th of January for 8 weeks and you are welcome to join! There are no auditions, no previous experience is needed and you …
  • Government Advice: National Lockdown 3
    This is the Government’s advice on what we can and can’t do during the third national Coronavirus lockdown in England, commencing 5 January 2021. It’s a long and detailed document, but there is a shorter summary …
  • Government Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination
    This is Information for eligible adults on COVID-19 vaccination, published by Public Health England Documents COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults COVID-19 vaccination: guide for older adults leaflet (print version) …
  • Tier 3 Restrictions – Various Language Versions Available
    The Government has extended the information available about Tier 3: Very High alert restrictions, which currently apply in Calderdale, to include Arabic, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Persian, Polish, Punjabi, Punjabi Shahmukhi, …
  • Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine launched
    The first UK patients received the Oxford University/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine on the morning of 4 January 2021. This is the Government’s own press release covering the news: The NHS is the first health service in the …
  • Gov’t Report: Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    “Unequal impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services” is a new Government report that looks at how the pandemic has affected people with disabilities. We’ve published the introduction below, but you …
  • Calderdale Funding School Meals, Housing Benefit & Council Tax
    Calderdale Council have secured additional funding to help families receiving Free School meals, Housing Benefit or Council tax reduction with bills and food over the months of January and February. A letter has been sent from …
  • Calderdale Stays in Tier 3
    Many places in the country are moving into a higher tier on December 31st to control the spread of COVID-19. However, Calderdale will remain in Tier 3 for the time being. We continue to need to do the simple things well to …
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    Science: The BMJ on what have we learnt about the new Coronavirus variant in the UK
    Originally published on the BMJ website – written by Elisabeth Mahase Author affiliations The new SARS-CoV-2 variant has evoked scenes reminiscent of the early days of covid-19 when much of the world banned travel to and …
  • Calderdale Council’s Latest Covid-19 Update
    20/12/2020 – an update distributed to local councillors by Calderdale Council This has been another significant week in our response to the pandemic. It began with the wonderful moment that Resham Bi from Halifax became the …
  • UPDATED: Gov’t Guidance for the Christmas period
    Contents Meeting friends and family Visiting bars, pubs and restaurants Visiting churches and other places of worship Visiting shops and Christmas markets Attending events, including performances and Christmas lighting ceremonies …
  • UPDATED: Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
    Latest Government Advice – Updated 19 December 2020. 1. Forming a Christmas bubble Christmas bubbles, support bubbles and childcare bubbles are all different things and have their own specific rules. The rules on Christmas …
  • UPDATED: Making a Christmas Bubble: Translations & Easy Read
    Here are a range of translations of the Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family HTML Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family (large print) PDF, 207KB, 20 pages …
  • Calderdale Libraries December Update.
    This is the December newsletter from Calderdale Council’s Libraries service: Great News, Our Hub Libraries have reopened. During the 2nd lockdown Central Library has been open for Returns & Collection of pre-ordered …
  • How To Avoid The 12 Scams of Christmas
    Tis the season to be cautious. The flyer available to download below highlights some of the more prominent scams to look out for. Download the 12 scams of Christmas If you are a victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud …
  • Calderdale To Remain in Coronavirus Restrictions Tier 3
    Thursday 17 December 2020 As part of its promised review of Coronavirus restrictions in England, the UK Government has announced that Calderdale will remain in Tier 3 restrictions until the next review date (expected to be in 2 …
  • Enjoy Virtual Christmas Activities
    Christmas is normally a time to spend with family and friends – sharing food, traditions and experiences that give us that Christmassy feeling. Covid-19 means that Christmas 2020 will be very different. But that doesn’t mean you …
  • List of private providers of coronavirus testing
    The government have released a list of approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19). The Department of Health and Social Care have said that the private sector (non-NHS) providers published on this page …
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    Report: Impact of COVID-19 on disabled people
    Activity Alliance (previously known as the English Federation of Disability Sport) join members, partners and disabled people to make active lives possible and to challenge perceptions and change the reality of disability, …
  • Santa’s Christmas Rescue: Victoria Theatre’s Online Christmas Show
    The Victoria Theatre has teamed up with their Pantomime production company, Imagine Theatre, to bring an online Santa show into the homes of families in the borough this Christmas. Santa’s Christmas Rescue is a 35-minute live …
  • Zoom Beginners’ Haiku Poetry Course
    Healthy Minds are offering a beginners’ Haiku Poetry Course earlier in the New Year The 3 part Zoom course will see you learn the history and art of the Haiku, how to write one well and then record yours to video which you …
  • Testing for COVID-19 before a hospital procedure
    If you are due to go into hospital for a procedure, you are now required to take a COVID swab test exactly 3 days before the day of your procedure. Here’s a detailed guide to the processes you need to go through, including …
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    Disability Rights UK Blogger Looks At The Covid-19 Vaccine From A Disability Angle
    Are we really all ready for this first COVID-19 jab? by: Lucy Wilis, blogger for Disability Rights UK The Covid-19: Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine announced last week, marks a new chapter in the UK’s fight against COVID-19, yet there …
  • Long-Term Unwell Urged To Get Flu Vaccine Before Christmas
    Health chiefs, and a coalition of charities, are urging people with long-term health conditions to get the flu vaccine before the virus starts to circulate. Public Health England (PHE) analysis shows 6 in 10 deaths from flu are …
  • Self-Isolation Cut From 14 to 10 Days
    Self-isolation is essential to reducing the spread of COVID as it breaks the chains of transmission. After reviewing the evidence, the Government has announced that is now confident that we can reduce the number of days that …
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    Coronavirus Vaccine: How It Was Authorised/How It Will Be Delivered
    The momentous news that the first covid-19 vaccine had been approved in the UK has prompted questions about how it was authorised and will be delivered. The BMJ spoke to experts to find out the answers How was the MHRA able to …
  • Council Support For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
    Here’s a timely reminder as Christmas approaches that Calderdale Council recently wrote to everyone in Calderdale who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to make sure they know where to go if they …
  • Join Calderdale’s Online Choir
    How would you like to participate in an online choir with other residents from Calderdale? Students of Calderdale College University Centre from the Performing arts degree are working on a community theatre project, wishing to …
  • Calderdale Council Coronavirus Update
    This update on the measures to fight Coronavirus in Calderdale was circulated by councillor Paul Bellenger on the Facebook page of the Greetland & Stainland COVID19 Support Group on Sunday 13th December. Paul has been great …
  • Targeted Covid-19 testing underway in Calderdale schools
    Calderdale Council have announced that targeted community COVID-19 testing gets underway in Calderdale this week, with a number of schools set to receive rapid tests. Calderdale is in the highest level of restrictions to control …
  • Ten More Community Safety Wardens For Calderdale
    An additional 10 Community Safety Wardens have been appointed by Calderdale Council to support the COVID response and work to keep communities safe. The Council’s Community Protection Team, which consists of representatives from …
  • BSL Videos: Advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 1: Medium – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people in Tier 2: High – British Sign Language Further advice for clinically …
  • BSL Video: Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during the Christmas period
    Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people and advice during the Christmas period – British Sign Language Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: Calderdale Council’s FAQ’s
    Here’s Calderdale Council’s latest advice on the Coronavirus Vaccine (8 Dec 2020), which is largely focused on reassuring recipients of its safety: Calderdale Council Advice: With news about the COVID-19 vaccines …
  • NHS Coronavirus Vaccine Advice & Info
    This is the NHS’s guidance and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine (view it on the NHS website). The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against …
  • COVID-19 vaccination: guide for clinically vulnerable people
    This is the government’s latest advice about the Coronavirus vaccine. Although nominally aimed at older people, it is also directly relevant to people who are clinically vulnerable to the virus, including many people with …
  • Making a Christmas Bubble With Friends (including translated versions)
    The Government have produced a detailed guide to how to form a bubble with friends and family over the Christmas period. We’ve reproduced it in full below. there are also a range of translations of this advice, plus an easy …
  • Green Light for first UK COVID-19 vaccine
    On 2 December 2020, the first COVID-19 vaccine for the UK, developed by Pfizer/BioNTech, has was given approval for use, following a thorough review carried out by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine: Priority groups for vaccination
    This document was published by the Government on 2 December 2020 and sets out the priority order for people to receive the Covid-19 vaccination in the UK. This is a lengthy document, but for those simply interested in the current …
  • Government Advice: Care Home Visits, Inside & Out
    The Government has published advice for Care Homes on how to manage the visits of families of residents and how to manage meet-ups outside Care Homes for those able to manage them. Although detailed and intended primarily for …
  • New Disability Fitness Video Channel
    Ability Not Disability is a dedicated channel to provide easy to follow, inclusive fitness opportunities for adults and children with SEN/ALN. This project was designed and delivered by Community Fitness Network and Cando Hub. …
  • Local Support Directory
    Calderdale NHS CCG have put together this very comprehensive guide to the support you have available should you have mental health or other concerns. Feeling concerned or overwhelmed by the news around coronavirus (COVID-19) is …
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    Calderdale Coronavirus Rates Falling Quickly
    If you’ve been keeping an eye on local Coronavirus infection rates, you will have been relieved to see that they are falling quickly, following a peak early in November. Meanwhile, we should all continue to do everything we …
  • Coronavirus Restrictions – Tier 3 Explained
    Here’s a handy poster which explains what you can and cannot do in an area in Tier 3 of local restrictions from 2 December. Calderdale is in Tier 3, so this poster applies to our area. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike …
  • Latest Government Advice For Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People
    Here is the latest version of the letter from the government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable. It’s full of useful advice and information on getting support. Letter to clinically extremely vulnerable people …
  • Coronavirus Vaccine – Read The Information Circulated To GPs
    We are all interested in the upcoming Coronavirus vaccines. It’s natural to feel anxious about the details of how and when we will receive the vaccine. Below is a link to a document circulated to various health …
  • DWP Releases Attendance Allowance Update
    The Department for Work and Pensions’ Attendance Allowance (AA) review processes are reverting to previous arrangements, after changes were made in response to COVID-19. The first customers to be affected will be those …
  • Report: Have the DWP’s Covid-19 support measures been effective?
    Social Security Advisory Committee:  have the DWP’s Covid-19 support measures been effective? The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has published a detailed report reviewing the effectiveness of the temporary social …
  • Active at Home Videos
    Disability Rights UK’s Get Yourself Active team have been working together with Sense and Durham University on a research project. The aim of this project has been to find out how disabled people have been staying active …
  • Free Vitamin D Supplements For Vulnerable People
    The Department of Health and Social Care’s is offering a free 4-month supply of vitamin D supplements to support general health, and in particular bone and muscle health. The offer is aimed at anyone who is clinically extremely …
  • Guide: Reducing Coronavirus Transmission Indoors
    The Government has published a scientific paper on how to reduce the chances of transmitting Coronavirus whilst in your own home or the homes of other people. It’s extremely detailed, but worth a read if you want to know a …
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restrictions Explained
    This is the Government’s advice on Coronavirus restrictions over the Christmas period. Some restrictions are eased (notably meeting other people in Christmas Bubbles), whilst others remain in force. Meeting friends and …
  • Christmas Bubbles Explained
    This is the rather lengthy advice from the Government on how many people you can meet and under what circumstances, during the Christmas period. The festive period is an important time for many people of all faiths and none who …
  • Calderdale’s Tier 3 Restrictions Explained
    More Info: Christmas Restrictions / The 3-Tier System Explained From the morning of Wednesday 2 December Calderdale will be under Covid restrictions in the Tier 3 (very high alert) category for England. Here are the key points of …
  • Flu Vaccination – Why You Must Ignore Fake News
    An NHS England video exploring the flu vaccine and why you should ignore the many rumour and fake news items telling you not to take it: https://youtu.be/0NbP-G7g414 Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading...…
  • Christmas Coronavirus Restriction Easing – What Are The Key Points?
    Here are the key details of the Government’s planned easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to reunite over the Christmas period and the advice they offer to help make it as safe as possible. …
  • The New Tier System In Detail
    Local restriction tiers: what you need to know Below are details from the government of the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier. This …
  • Coronavirus: Return To a 3-Tier System At End of Lockdown, 2 December
    Later today (Monday 23 Nov), the Government is expected to announce a return to the “three tier system” when lockdown ends on 2 December. Details – What You Can Expect While parts of the tier system will be …
  • Video: Calderdale Council Coronavirus Q & A Session
    On Thursday 19 November Calderdale council hosted a COVID-19 LIVE Q&A on Facebook, looking at how we can all help to bring Calderdale’s infection rate down to the national average. Below is a video recording of the full …
  • Coronavirus – Getting Support in Calderdale
    Calderdale Council has written to everyone in Calderdale who has been identified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to make sure they know where to go if they need any advice and support. If you have been told by the NHS …
  • COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable (multiple language options)
    This guidance is for clinically extremely vulnerable people, with additional information to help protect you from coronavirus (COVID-19). Everyone in England, including those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, is required …
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
    Here are links to the latest advice 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. Documents Guidance for local …
  • Controlling the spread – latest reminder from Council
    Please view the following important message from Calderdale Council about controlling the spread of coronavirus. We all need to play our part in reducing the spread of the virus. There are three big things that we can all do to …
  • Video: importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19
    A new short film released by the government shows how coronavirus lingers in enclosed spaces, and how to keep your home ventilated. Watch the video (no subtitles) Watch the video (with subtitles) Research shows that being in a …