West Lancashire Borough Council (WLBC) issued the following Community Engagement Brief on 24th May 2021.
Review of the COVID-19 data from the previous week across the Borough shows a slight increase in cases. The wards affected are:
- AUGHTON & DOWNHOLLAND
- SKELMERSDALE SOUTH
Please remember to take the vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to as well. Residents aged 32 and above can now book their vaccine.
Remember that some people are more vulnerable than others to being seriously ill from COVID-19. Minimise how many people you’re in close contact with, and for how long. Wash your hands and clean surfaces regularly to remove virus particles.
Still meet outside when possible. If you do meet inside, make sure the space is well ventilated – open windows and doors.
All adults are encouraged to get tested twice a week, kits are available for home testing. If you would like a stock of home testing kits to share with the community at community centres, group meetings, church halls, voluntary groups etc. please contact CustomerEngagement@westlancs.gov.uk
A document entitled ‘Guidance for community groups during COVID’ has been produced by the LCC Community Projects Team and can be accessed by clicking here. If you require any information in easy read formats, or other languages please contact: Laura.Worden@lancashire.gov.uk
Important news from previous briefings is included below:
- The government has published an information leaflet for people who have had their first coronavirus vaccination. It can be downloaded by clicking here.
- NHS Test and Trace have partnered with Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) to improve home testing service for people with visual impairments. A new video-call support service with specially trained NHS Test and Trace staff will assist people with vision impairments to test at home.
- Free PPE will now be provided for unpaid carers. Lancashire County Council are developing an application form however in the meantime unpaid carers can get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Please be alert to the many scams that are appearing and offer vaccines for payment. Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them into handing over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy. The NHS will:
- NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free.
- NEVER ask for your bank details.
- NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport.
For further information regarding vaccination fraud please see a government information poster which can be accessed by clicking here.
The latest information, guidance, and support regarding coronavirus is available from the GOV.UK website and can be accessed by clicking here.