COVID Champions Update – 25th February 2021

Key messages this week:

Local Update:

  • In the last 7 days, there have been 79 positive coronavirus tests per 100k recorded in Surrey Heath. This is a slight increase of 17% from the figures shown last week (67 cases).
  • Surrey Heath has crawled back up the leader board, now having the 3rd highest rates in Surrey, whilst also being the only borough to have an increase of more than 10%.
  • However there has also a decrease of 26% in all positive cases of coronavirus in the last 7 days across all of Surrey.
  • Now that the ‘roadmap’ to coming out of lockdown has been announced, we have all the more reason to stay vigilant and continue to follow the government guidance.
  • It is important to bear in mind that Surrey Heath is still at sub-100 cases and variances will be more common as the case and rate numbers continue to decrease!

Frimley:

  • By Sunday 21st Feb 2021, vaccination services across Frimley Health and Care had delivered an amazing 179,551 doses to local people and health and care staff. Of these, a total of 28,037 were within the Surrey Heath CCG.
  • The last invites to those aged 70+ or on the Shielded Patients List have been delivered to everyone eligible that the NHS has contact details for.
  • If you are aged 70+ and haven’t been offered your first dose yet, please make an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or phone 119.
  • GP surgeries are directly contacting those on the Shielded Patients List – if you are shielding (clinically extremely vulnerable) and haven’t been contacted yet, please contact your GP or call the Covid-19 Vaccination Support Line (01276) 707 100 to book.
  • People aged 65-69 and those all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk are being contacted via the National Booking Service (for appointments at large sites like Epsom Racecourse) and by their GP to attend the Surrey Heath service at Lakeside. If people are unable to travel to appointments offered by the National Booking Service then they are able to wait for the offer from their GP to attend the local service instead.

Surrey Heartlands:

  • Have now vaccinated 100%* of those aged 75-79 or resident in care homes.
  • People aged 65-69 (Cohort 5) are receiving invitations from the National Booking Service for large vaccination sites, such as Epsom Racecourse or can wait to be contacted by a GP for an appointment at a more local site.
  • A total of 284,570 1st dose vaccinations have now been given out across Surrey Heartlands.
  • Surrey Heartlands vaccination helpline for the public: 0300 561 2500 (9am-4pm, Mon-Fri) or syheartlandsccg.vaccination@nhs.net Check FAQs first. NOT a vaccine booking service.

*Rounded to the nearest 10%

Community transport
If you require community transport to your vaccination, Surrey Heath Borough Council Community Transport will provide travel for all Surrey Heath residents to their local vaccination centres (Woking or Lakeside) but not to the mass vaccination centres such as Epsom Racecourse.

Roadmap to coming out of lockdown:

From 8 March

  • Pupils return to Face to Face education.
  • Childcare and after-school club can reopen to enable parents to work or attend education or medical care.
  • Indoor visits to care homes are allowed for one visitor.
  • Outdoor recreation is allowed on your own, with one other person, or with your household or support bubble.

From 12 April

  • Any further eases to the lockdown will depend on data, not dates – but this is the earliest date non-essential shops and services might open.

Local Test & Trace Pilot

  • Surrey is participating in a Hot Spot Pilot, which starts on 3rd March and lasts for 2 weeks in Woking, Spelthorne and Runnymede.
  • During this time all Contact Tracing will be completed by the local team, who can provide immediate access to welfare support.
  • This was first piloted in Leicester who found it successful and have chosen to continue doing all of the Contact Tracing locally.
  • Based on the findings of the Hot Spot Pilot we will choose the best option for the residents of Surrey going forward.

All people on learning disabilities register in England to be invited for Covid vaccine

  • The advice of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) remains that adults with severe and profound learning disabilities, and those with learning disabilities in long-stay nursing and residential care settings, should be offered the vaccine in priority group 6 (people with Down’s syndrome are included in group 4).
  • To ensure those most at risk of death or hospitalisation are prioritised for vaccination, JCVI supports the plan to invite anyone on the GP Learning Disability Register – as well as adults with other related conditions, including cerebral palsy – for vaccination as part of priority group 6.
  • More info can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/jcvi-advises-inviting-people-on-learning-disability-register-for-vaccine.

BAME Support and Equal Access to Vaccines

  • Some helpful resources on engaging with South Asian people on COVID-19 are available via the South Asian Health Foundation.
  • Information about COVID-19 Vaccine scams in South Asian languages.
  • There is plenty of discussion about tackling health inequalities being made worse by the pandemic – see here for blog on promoting vaccine uptake in Black communities.
  • Surrey is conducting several initiatives to reduce health inequalities relating to the pandemic and we will update you again in detail in a future briefing.
  • If you haven’t already, please share the video of BAME celebrities promoting the vaccine. We shared a this a few weeks ago and it is wonderful it has now been screened on prime-time TV.