West Lancashire Borough Council (WLBC) issued the following Community Engagement Brief on 1st March 2021.
Review of the COVID-19 data from the previous week across the Borough shows that the highest number of cases are within age groups 25-34 followed by 45-54. The wards most affected are:
- SKELMERSDALE SOUTH
- ASHURST & BURSCOUGH EAST
- BIRCH GREEN
There is some anti-vaccination posters and graffiti happening especially in Skelmersdale. If you are aware of this please inform WLBC (preferably with a photo and the location) and a Community Safety Officer will liaise with Lancashire Police. WLBC would also like to be alerted if you see any anti-vaccination leaflets or newspapers similar to “The Light” which is being distributed in other areas of Lancashire.
Venues and dates have been set up for March for the mobile testing units for people with coronavirus-19 symptoms. This now also includes a new site which is Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre. Testing will be available at:
All Saints Church Hall Car Park, Hesketh Bank
St. Joseph’s Church, Wrightington
West Lancashire College, Skelmersdale
- 6th – 7th
- 13th – 14th
- 20th – 21st
- 27th – 28th
Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre
- 2nd – 3rd
- 9th – 10th
- 16th – 17th
- 23rd – 24th
- 30th – 31st
For more details, including how to book a test, please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/covid19test.
For information on community testing sites for front-line workers who cannot work from home or have physical contact with other people as part of their job, including unpaid carers, please visit www.westlancs.gov.uk/symptom-freetesting.
Important news from previous briefings is included below:
- The Test and Trace Payment Programme has been extended until at least the end of March 2021.
- The government has published an information leaflet for people who have had their first coronavirus vaccination. It can be downloaded by clicking here.
- Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) residents are required to continue shielding until 31st March by which time further guidance will be issued. In addition the Government has introduced a new cohort of CEV aged 16-69 based on a predictive risk model which factors in differing health conditions, ethnicity and age.
- Home test kits can now be ordered over the phone by calling 119, without needing access to the internet.
- 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
- The E484K mutation first identified in Liverpool has been detected in West Lancashire. WLBC are working closely with partners in Public Health England and Lancashire County Council to monitor the situation and will update information as necessary. Residents should not be unduly alarmed, and there is no evidence this mutation is more transmissible or causes more severe illness. However, additional symptoms of this new mutation may include mild flu or cold symptoms.
- Everyone is urged to continue to follow the national guidance to protect themselves and others. This means staying at home except for essential purposes such as shopping for essential supplies, going to work if you can’t do so from home or providing care for others. Wear a face covering when required unless you are exempt, maintain a two-metre space between you and other people and wash your hands often.
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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