COVID-19 jabs continue to be a hot topic and a source of some unease, so citizen journalist Karolina Frackowska put some of the most pressing questions to Nikita Hyare, Public Health COVID-19 Response Officer, Haringey Council.

  • What advice would you give to people worried about the vaccine?

You can rest assured that the vaccines are safe and effective, with over 34 million people across the UK having had the vaccine so far...

By Ewelina Gawrys

Haringey Resident Karolina has had her first vaccine some weeks ago...

The pressure to take COVID 19 vaccine to reach herd immunity and to protect the vulnerable has inflamed worries about side effects. So, what do you need to know? There are three COVID 19 vaccines available in the UK: Moderna, Oxford/ Astra Zeneca, and Pfizer/ BioNtech. They all simulate an immune response without causing illness by using a harmless form of the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19...

By Karolina Frackowska

March 17th, 2020 was a Monday like any other. After a busy working weekend, I longed for a few days off, but there was no hope for any that week. On my way to work, I got a call from my sister living in Italy, who begged me to return home and stay there. She was scared, her voice was breaking, and I had to lie and say that I would do what she asked, only to make her calm. As the call ended, I began to question my confidence in thinking that it would all be different for us here in London...

By Ewelina Gawrys


A privately-donated West Ham flat was the location of a pop-up venue in which Haringey-based artist Elisabetta del Ponte staged an underground art exhibition. The pop-up was a way of coping with the fact that the lockdowns deprived her and her classmates of their degree show at Middlesex University, as well as presenting an opportunity to comment on the world of art in general... 

By Karolina Frackowska


The controversial new Alzheimer’s drug recently approved in the US may not be as promising for individuals with Alzheimer’s living here in the UK. The Haringey Memory team believe it will be a while, if ever, before this drug will be available in the UK. There are too many unanswered questions and unknowns - scientists are disputing the usefulness of the new drug, as were the initial reports that caused it to be shelved in March 2019 by its developers... 

By Nicola Williams


Peter's first instrument was the classical guitar, which he started playing as a child in Spain. He developed a strong interest in early music while studying Music at Cambridge University, and he now mainly plays the Renaissance lute, theorbo, and Baroque guitar. Peter is also an active member of the Lute Society. 

By Rebecca Mary Haslam


Julieta was born in 1985 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She started her piano studies in 1995 at the Alberto Williams Conservatoire. She is now based in London, and her repertoire is made up of classical, tango, rock, pop, and folk music. Julieta has a wide experience of performing in many venues around Europe and in Argentina.

By Rebecca Mary Haslam


Ben studied music at the University of Oxford from 2007 to 2010 and, prior to this, was awarded a place as a specialist musician at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset. He is now Director of Music at St. Columba's Church in Knightsbridge, and combines this with a substantial freelance career in London, including vocal coaching, accompanying, and conducting.

By Rebecca Mary Haslam


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November 30, 2021

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