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Community Engagement Brief from West Lancashire Borough Council

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West Lancashire Borough Council (WLBC) issued the following Community Engagement Brief on 19th July 2021.

Data extracted shows that the total number of confirmed cases for the last 7 days in West Lancashire is 487 and we have the seventh highest rate across the 14 local authorities in Lancashire. The age group most affected are 25-34’s The wards most affected are:

  • UPHOLLAND
  • SCOTT
  • SKELMERSDALE SOUTH

From Monday 19th July:

  • There will be no limits on social contact and social distancing rules will be removed, except in some settings such as ports of entry and medical settings.
  • Nightclubs can reopen; there will be no capacity limits and bar service can resume.
  • There will be no limits on people attending concerts, theatres, or sports events.
  • There will be no limits on numbers at weddings and funerals and no restrictions on communal worship, singing and dancing.
  • There will be no legal requirement for face covering, but their use will still be strongly advised in hospitals, healthcare settings and enclosed, crowded public spaces.

Whilst we learn to live with Covid-19 it is important to look out for each other by:

  • Getting vaccinated.
  • Testing regularly.
  • Choosing to be careful.

It is extremely important that residents get their second dose of the vaccine to ensure the majority protection is received.

As an area of Enhanced COVID-19 Support and due to an increase in demand for PCR tests for those without symptoms, our symptom-free sites will offer both Lateral Flow tests and PCR tests from Monday 19th July. Locations/times/days of sites for symptom-free PCR, LFT & Home
Test Collect are:

  • The Interchange, Burscough Mon & Thurs 12pm – 6pm.
  • Concourse, Skelmersdale – Weds & Fri 10am – 4pm.

You must not attend these sites if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms, please book a test by clicking here.

There are still regular walk-in vaccination clinics where you don’t need an appointment – see West Lancashire CCG Facebook page for updates.

There is financial help available for people who need to self-isolate and cannot work and for parents/guardians who need to stay off work to look after children who have been told to self-isolate. Further information is available here.

 

 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.

 

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.

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