Coronavirus News Index

  • Covid-19: Final Restrictions Lifting Delayed To Get More People Vaccinated
    The lifting of the final covid-19 restrictions in England, scheduled for 21 June, has been delayed by four weeks (until 19 July). The Government says this is to head off the risk of a new wave of covid-19 caused by the delta …
  • Guide: How to do a rapid lateral flow test at home
    Find out how to do a COVID-19 rapid test at home for yourself (or someone else) and report the results. Rapid tests are only for people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19. Video: how to do a rapid test at home There’s separate …
  • Survey: Delays to health and social care during Covid-19
    Healthwatch Calderdale would like to hear from people who have experienced delays to health and social care for non-Covid related conditions since March 2020. By completing this 5-10 minute survey, you can help and influence …
  • Support to self-isolate in Calderdale
    As additional COVID-19 testing and enhanced contact tracing get underway in Calderdale, the Council is reminding people that support is available if they need to self-isolate. One of five big things we can all do to protect …
  • Piece Hall Walk-In Vaccinations 18-20 June
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  • Coronavirus In Calderdale: Update As Cases Increase Again
    Calderdale Council have published this update, following an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases in Calderdale. I contains useful information on testing and other measures in place to contain the outbreak. Additional COVID-19 …
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    BMJ Newsletter – Medical Updates
    This is the latest newsletter from the BMJ (British Medical journal). As ever, it draws on a good range of voices and opinions and provides a good overview of the issues of the day (medical and medical-related). The covid-19 …
  • Todmorden Covid-19 Update
    Calderdale council have put out an alert that the new more transmissible COVID-19 variant known as ‘Delta’ has been found in Todmorden. This is the advice they are giving their staff in the area and might be equally applicable to …
  • Healthy Minds: June Courses & Sessions
    Noticing Nature (Allotment) Monday 14th June, 11.00-12.30pm During such uncertain times, making time to relax and switch off from events out of our control has never been so important for mental health and wellbeing. Using our 5 …
  • Quick Guide: Current Coronavirus Restrictions
    The most recent phase of easing restrictions began on 17 May. Here’s a quick guide to the main points: The general advice is to carry on working from home if you can, keep the precautions, and if you develop symptoms, …
  • Disability Horizons – 8 Things The Pandemic Has Taught Us
    In one way or another, Covid-19 has impacted all of our lives. But living through the pandemic with a disability has been an even bigger struggle for many. It’s not all negative though – in many ways, the pandemic has molded the …
  • Vaccines highly effective against Indian variant after 2 doses
    A new study by PHE shows for the first time that 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective against the B.1.617.2 variant first identified in India. Vaccine effectiveness against symptomatic disease from the B.1.617.2 …
  • Government Guide: Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants
    What surge testing is Surge testing is increased testing (including door-to-door testing in some areas) and enhanced contact tracing in specific locations in England. It involves testing of people who do not have any symptoms of …
  • Mental Health Awareness Week : Coronavirus and depression in adults
    Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10 to 16 May 2021. Here’s a new Office For National Statistics (ONS) report looking at Coronavirus and depression in adults, Great Britain: January to March 2021. It includes …
  • Covid-19: Booster vaccine to be rolled out in autumn
    The UK will roll out a covid-19 booster vaccine at the beginning of autumn in order to protect the most vulnerable ahead of winter, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced. As part of this, the government’s …
  • Guide: Direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak
    Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants Who this document is for This document is aimed at people of all ages ‒ children, young people and …
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    Single Vaccine Dose Cuts Virus Transmission
    Adults infected with covid-19 three weeks after receiving one dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine were 38-49% less likely to pass the virus on to their household contacts than people who were unvaccinated, a …
  • Free Yoga Wellbeing Course
    Healthy Minds Calderdale are offering you a 10 week wellbeing course. Learn how to look after your health and wellbeing through the practice of Yoga. The course is for all levels, you don’t need to have done Yoga before, …
  • Shielding Failed Thousands
    By Elisabeth Mahase At the start of the covid-19 pandemic the UK government failed to reach up to 800 000 clinically extremely vulnerable people who had been added to the shielding list, meaning they could not get support such as …
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit – Assessments Resume
    Face-to-face assessments for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) claimants will resume from 12 April 2021 in England and from 26 April in Scotland and Wales. Face-to-face assessments for Work Capability Assessments …
  • Eleven Public Toilets Open Across Calderdale
    Calderdale Council’s public toilets are be available as follows, from Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am – 4.30pm: Parks: Calder Holmes Park (Hebden Bridge) Centre Vale Park (Todmorden) Manor Heath Park (Halifax) People’s Park …
  • Ramadan: Covid and Vaccine Safety
    Muslims across the UK will be observing the holy month of Ramadan, this excellent short video provides guidance on how to celebrate Ramadan safely.  The video covers: 1 Can I have the vaccine whilst I’m fasting? 2 What happens if …
  • Info: Face Covering Exemption Cards
    If you have an age, health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering: you do not routinely need to show any written evidence of this you do not need show an exemption card This means that you do not need to seek advice …
  • When to wear a face covering – latest updates
    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 covering). It’s always worth keeping up to date with this advice, …
  • Coronavirus restrictions: what you can and cannot do
    Some of the rules on what the Government say you can and cannot changed on 12 April. Many restrictions remain in place. You must not socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with …
  • Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain: 16 April 2021
    The latest Government Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain report is out. It is based on the Indicators from the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey covering the periods 31 March to 4 April and 7 April to 11 April 2021 …
  • COVID-19: shielding guidance round-up
    Here’s the Government’s complete range of information for shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19. Although shielding officially ceased at the beginning of …
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    Report, Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services
    The Women and Equalities Committee published its Report Unequal Impact? Coronavirus, disability and access to services: full Report (HC 1050), on 22 December 2020. The Women and Equalities Committee is appointed by the House of …
  • Coronavirus Restrictions: 12 April & What’s Changed
    Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 12 April. From 12 April: non-essential retail can reopen personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile …
  • Report: Coronavirus, the social impacts on disabled people Feb 2021
    From the ONS (Office For National Statistics) In February 2021, among people aged 16 years and over in Great Britain: A larger proportion of disabled people (78%) than non-disabled people (69%), said they were worried (very or …
  • 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 …