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(Updated July 20)

Change of Venue for Tamworth Vaccine Boost Clinic

A planned vaccine pop-up clinic in Tamworth tomorrow is to move to Ventura Retail Park instead from Noon to 6pm.

The clinic had been planned for a second day at Tamworth College, but it is hoped the switch will encourage more people passing to have the first dose of the Moderna vaccine if they are 18 and over.

No appointments are necessary, and people can just turn up tomorrow. Full details of walk-ins can be found here

Covid rates in Tamworth continue to climb once again with the seven-day rate standing at 719 per 100,000 population, the highest rate of any district or borough area.in Staffordshire.

People who have symptoms or want to get a PCR test can do so via the national portal www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

Our Tamworth Extra website www.staffordshire.gov.uk/tamworthextra is updated every morning with the latest Extra Testing and Extra Vaccination options as we enjoy Extra freedoms from today.

(Updated July 19)

Keep getting jabbed and tested Tamworth people urged

Following a borough-wide push over the weekend, people in Tamworth are being urged to carry on getting vaccinated and tested.

Walk in Covid jabs and extra testing has been available over the last few days and Tamworth residents are being urged to keep this going as case rates rise again.

New vaccination clinics with no booking are available at three sites this week, including a site at Tamworth College today and tomorrow. 

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said:

“After a small reduction in cases we have seen a further upturn in Tamworth’s numbers. This combined with the relaxing of legal restrictions coming into force today makes it vital people in Tamworth continue to do all they can to limit the spread of the virus.

“This means taking precautions, getting tested and getting vaccinated. We had a big push over the weekend, and we must - there are plenty of vaccination clinics to choose from.

“In terms of testing - people should keep checking the national booking portal website for availability. Although there have been national supply issues reported new slots are being added all the time.”

Jeremy Oates, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, added:

“It is a concern that rates are heading in the wrong direction, especially after all the hard work that has been put into making extra testing and vaccinations available.

“There is vaccine and testing availability this week, so we need to make a further call for Tamworth residents to do the right thing and to continue to get tested and to get both jabs as soon as you are eligible to do so.”

See below for the walk in vaccination options available this week . Full details of these and testing options are available at: www.staffordshire,gov.uk/tamworthextra.

SpringPharm (B77 4DP) Unit 13 Mercian Park, Felspar Road: Monday 19 July to Saturday 24 July 9am to 4pm

Birch Coppice, Dordon, Tamworth (B78 1BF) Management Suite Carpark: Wednesday 21st July: 1pm to 6pm

Please check what doses are available before attending a walk-in clinic.

(Updated July 18)

Calls for Staffordshire People to Continue to Reduce Covid Risks

The Leader of Staffordshire County Council is urging people to continue to do everything they can to reduce the spread of Covid, as most legal curbs officially come to an end today (Monday, July 19).

Alan White welcomed the further hard-won easing of restrictions that come from the final step of the roadmap being implemented, but reminded people that Covid is still spreading rapidly right across the country, and that there remains a risk of infection.

Alan urged residents and businesses in Staffordshire to continue to take sensible precautions to limit the spread of the virus. Alan also stressed the importance of all adults taking both doses of the vaccine as quickly as they can. He urged people to continue wearing face coverings on public transport and in crowded places, particularly indoors, and stressed that people should carry a face covering with them as some businesses may require them.

Alan said: “It’s great news that we can enjoy more of the freedoms we’ve worked so hard to win back, but it’s vital that we enjoy them responsibly.

“As more restrictions end today, we can expect to see Covid cases continuing to rise. Now is the time to step up our efforts and continue to do everything we can to limit the spread of the virus and avoid a surge in hospitalisations and deaths.

“Covid has not gone away and we need to continue taking personal responsibility for the things we do. Remember Hands Face Space and Fresh Air. Get both doses of the vaccine as soon as you can. Continue to wear a face covering on public transport or in crowded places, and take regular Covid tests.

“The last thing we want to see is more pressure on the NHS and the Government imposing another lockdown.”

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, added: “Covid is spreading rapidly in many areas of the county. We’ll continue to monitor the situation closely and continue to offer vaccination and testing, focusing on the areas with the most infections.”

Key changes from today (Monday, 19 July) include:

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus rule removed
  • Face coverings no longer required by law but recommended on public transport and in crowded places
  • Nightclubs can open
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals

Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Vaccinations can be booked via the NHS national booking system or by calling 119. Information about vaccination walk-ins in Staffordshire can be found here

(Updated July 16)

Tamworth People Urged to Grab a Jab and a Test This Weekend
 
People in Tamworth are being urged to get vaccinated and get tested this weekend in a bid to curb an outbreak of Covid cases across the borough.
 
Although cases had started to fall, they are on the rise once again and are still around twice both the national and Staffordshire average.
 
Extra jabs and extra tests are now being offered in the borough in the coming days, with people being able to just turn up without an appointment.. Full details of all the options, including the vaccination and dose type, can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/Tamworthextra
 
Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Social Care, said: “Cases remain very high in Tamworth and testing and vaccinating people is the best way to manage this outbreak and protect people.
 
“We have made it even easier for people to do both, by opening up pop-up clinics where people can just turn up and get a test or a jab on the spot. So, we would encourage as many as possible to have the first or second dose of the vaccine if eligible and get tested if needed over the weekend.”
 
Options include walk-in vaccinations at Ankersdie Shopping Centre on Sunday and walk-in testing at the car park at Sir Robert Pel Hospital daily.
 
Jeremy Oates, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said::”It is worrying that rates are already rising once again. This weekend really is a window of opportunity for people to play their part and help turn this situation around, protect people’s health and keep Tamworth open for business.”

Keep checking back or get a home test advice issued 

People who need a Covid PCR test are being advised to keep checking the national portal - after high demand is limiting tests currently available across the UK.

New slots are added to the national portal throughout the day, but people can also book a home PCR test online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

Dr Richard Harling, Staffordshire County Council’s Director for Health and Care, said: “We are aware that people are experiencing difficulties booking a Covid PCR on the national system and we understand this is both frustrating and concerning. This has been raised with the Government who are working on a solution.

“We would advise people who need a PCR test to keep checking back as although tests are limited,  the booking slots are updated regularly through the day. Alternatively, people can order a home PCR test online.”

Lateral flow device tests are also widely available and give a result in 30 minutes. Everyone is recommended to have a regular lateral flow test to check for infection.

People can have a supervised lateral flow device test at one of the local sites or collect to take at home. Full details of testing options can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/testing

Residents of Tamworth should please click the relevant link for their local testing advice.

(Updated July 14)

Extra Testing and Vaccinations in Tamworth

Testing and vaccinations are to be boosted in Tamworth in a bid to manage the very high number of Covid cases across the borough.

An extra Mobile Testing Unit has now opened at Riverdrive Car Park – meaning around 1,000 PCR tests will be available daily to book at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus across three testing sites.

With the final step of the lifting of lockdown happening on Monday, health chiefs are also encouraging everyone aged 18 to get both doses of the vaccine as soon as they are eligible. As well as booking online, walk-ins are also available in the borough. Plans for the roll out of more vaccine pop-up clinics are also being finalised.

The Tamworth Extra drive will see Extra tests and Extra vaccinations made available to help people enjoy the Extra Freedoms from Monday as sensibly and as safely as possible. Full details of all the options can be found at www.staffordshire.gov.uk/tamworthextra.

(Updated July 13)

Testing in Tamworth

Cases are highest among the 18-24 age range with many cases linked to hospitality venues across the town and transmission in licensed premises that have been showing Euro 2020 matches. Local schools have seen big increase in cases over the past few weeks, with some primary and secondary schools undergoing PCR testing of pupils

Testing:
People without symptoms:
Supervised rapid tests and home testing kits are available at participating pharmacies, community libraries and mobile pop-up locations. More information can be found here: testing for people without symptoms webpage. 

People without symptoms can book a PCR test via the national portal at Spinning School Lane national testing site.

Mobile Testing Units will also be operating until Sunday 18 July at:

Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital car park - 9am to 5pm (please do not go into the hospital for a test). 
Riverdrive Car Park - 10am to 3pm
Please choose the option “my local council has asked me to get a test.”

People with symptoms:
People with symptoms of Covid-19 should book via the national portal. 

Read more here.

Vaccinations in Tamworth

All adults are now eligible to book their coronavirus vaccine. If you are 18 or over, please book an appointment via the NHS national booking system or by calling 119. 

Walk in vaccine clinics will be running this week at:

SpringPharm (B77 4DP)
Tuesday 13 to Thursday 15 July, and Saturday 17 July
10am to 3pm

Tamworth Baptist Church (B77 2LD)
Wednesday 14 and Saturday 17 July
10am to 4pm
Sunday 18 July
2pm to 5pm

Details of all other walk-in vaccination clinics within the region can be found on the Together We're Better Walk-in vaccination clinics webpage. New sites are added as they become available.

(Updated July 12)

Personal Responsibility Key As Lockdown Restrictions Are Lifted From Monday

The Leader of Staffordshire County Council has given a cautious welcome to news that Step 4 of the Government Roadmap will go-ahead and most legal curbs will officially end from Monday, July 19.

While Alan White said it was great news that lockdown restrictions were now largely being lifted, residents and businesses must still take personal responsibility to take steps to reduce the risk to themselves, their friends and family and customers and colleagues.

With restrictions being eased, everyone in Staffordshire aged 18 or over is being urged to have both doses of the vaccine as soon as they can, as this is the best way to protect themselves and vulnerable people, including children, who have not had the vaccine.

Alan said: “In Staffordshire, we have seen cases rise above the national rate and in Tamworth they are around three times the England rate, so we know the easing of restrictions comes hand in hand with an increasing risk of both catching the virus and passing it on to others.

“While it is great news that we can all enjoy more of the freedoms we have worked so hard to win back, Covid has not gone away and we need to take personal responsibility for the things we do, including wearing a face covering on public transport or in crowded places and gradually moving back to the office.

“We know that cases will rise, there will be more hospital admissions and sadly more deaths, but we need to keep these as low as possible and continuing to take personal responsibility as well as getting vaccinated as soon as possible is the best way to do this.”

In a press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the lifting of restrictions will go ahead on Monday. The PM and his Covid advisers warned too that cases, hospital admissions and deaths will rise, but not at the rates seen at the height of the pandemic.

Key changes from Monday include:

  • No limits on how many people can meet
  • 1m-plus rule removed
  • Face coverings no longer required by law, but recommended on public transport and in crowded places
  • Nightclubs can open
  • Pubs and restaurants no longer table service only
  • No limits on guests at weddings and funerals

Full details can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

People can book a vaccine at the national site. Information about walkin-ins in Satffordshire can be found here. This is updated regularly.

(Updated July 6)

Health Secretary’s statement on self-isolation

Today (6 July), the Health Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, gave a statement to Parliament on self-isolation rules for those who have had both COVID-19 vaccine doses.

In his statement, he said that, from 16 August, anyone who is a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case will no longer have to self-isolate if they’ve been fully vaccinated. Anyone who has been fully vaccinated and contacted by NHS Test and Trace will be advised to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible.

He also confirmed that, from the same date, anyone under the age of 18 who is a close contact of a positive case will no longer have to self-isolate. Instead, they will be given advice about whether they should get tested, dependent on their age, and will need to self-isolate only if they test positive. 

(Updated June 25)

Walk-in Covid vaccinations 

A big push to get as many people as possible protected against COVID-19 takes place this weekend with a series of walk-in vaccination clinics opening across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Anyone aged over 18 or over will be able to arrive without an appointment and will be vaccinated on a first come-first-jabbed basis.

People can turn up to get their first jab. And the initiative will also offer second vaccinations for people aged over 40 years old, health and social care workers, unpaid carers, and people at higher clinical risk, from eight weeks after their first dose instead of the initial 12 weeks. Find out more here. 

Previous Updates:

On May 10, the Prime Minister gave a statement on the step three of the roadmap.
He confirmed that further easing of national restrictions will come into effect as planned on May 17 which includes the return of some international travel, indoor gatherings and overnight stays involving two households or six individuals, indoor opening of pubs and restaurants and the re-opening of cinemas and hotels.

Funerals: The previous limit of 30 attendees at a funeral has now been replaced by a maximum number that the venue can safely support. Social distancing measures currently remain in place and people can make informed, personal decisions on close contact, such as hugging, with their friends and family.

Full details on how the rules changed on May 17, can be found here.

Staffs Means Back to Business Support Scheme - £5m business support scheme for Staffordshire businesses

The government have recently announced additional support for business in the spring Budget, including extending the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme (furlough) until September. Business can also sign up to receive essential support through a free 12-month membership package with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

Now Staffordshire businesses and employees can get a further boost through the £5m Staffordshire Means Back to Business Support Scheme - an enhanced package of funding to help in the way that matters most.

Find out more and how to apply here.

How you can help tackle COVID in Tamworth

Everyone can do something to control coronavirus.

Wash your hands, cover your face, make space: 
If you are going out for essential reasons, following these basic rules will stop the virus spreading. It’s not new, but it does work.

Be particularly careful when you’re doing a shop at the supermarket. 

Get a regular rapid COVID test: 

Regular testing is an important way to identify cases and reduce the spread of infection. 

There are Community Testing Sites and pop up testing sites for people without symptoms across Tamworth. Book online or just walk in. Tests are quick, painless and free. 

Isolate and get a test if you have symptoms: 
If you’ve got symptoms of coronavirus, you need to isolate at home and only leave the house to get a test. You need to book this test online at the national testing site at Spinning School Lane Car Park or at one of the Mobile Testing Units which usually visits Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital.