Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
The NHS is encouraging pregnant women to get the COVID-19 vaccine as new data shows that nearly 20 per cent of the most critically ill COVID patients are pregnant women who have not been vaccinated.
Since July, one in five COVID patients receiving treatment through a special lung-bypass machine were expectant mums who have not had their first jab.
Pregnant women have been treated with a therapy, called Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO), used only when a patient’s lungs are so damaged by COVID that a ventilator cannot maintain oxygen levels.
England’s top midwife is today reassuring women that the vaccine is safe and effective during pregnancy and is recommended by clinicians and charities.
Out of all women between the ages of 16 and 49 on ECMO in intensive care, pregnant women make up almost a third (32 percent) – up from just 6 per cent at the start of the pandemic, March 2020.
Hackney and Haringey Councils are working with local NHS providers to organise a Covid-19 vaccine information event for members of the D/deaf and hard of hearing community. The event is to be held at St John's Deaf Community Centre on Green Lanes on 22 October.
British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters at the event will ensure that D/deaf and hard of hearing residents can get their questions answered on the vaccination rollout in a live Q&A session with local GPs.
The in-person event will also be broadcast on Zoom and Facebook live, so people across London can ask questions with support of a sign language interpreter.
As well as finding out more about the vaccine, residents who need assistance can attend a BSL interpreter- supported evening clinic nearby at the John Scott Health Centre.
Dr Sandra Husbands, Director of Public Health for Hackney said: “This question and answer session, and the evening clinic will support British Sign Language speakers in London to get their questions answered first hand on the Covid-19 vaccine, and feel more confident in taking the vaccination to help keep themselves and their loved ones safe.”
Dr Will Maimaris, Director of Public Health for Haringey said: “We are really happy to be able to work with Hackney in hosting this event for D/deaf and hard of hearing residents. Naturally, many will have questions that they would like to ask their GP or medical practitioner, which can sometimes be challenging. This fully interpreter-supported event is a valuable opportunity for the D/deaf and hard of hearing to get the information they need and access vaccination on the same evening.”
This evening clinic will be open to anyone aged 16+, but those from the D/deaf and hard of hearing community can confirm a BSL-supported appointment. All attendees are welcome to bring along their friends and family. The vaccine clinic will be open on Friday 22 October from 5-9pm.
This vaccine clinic will be offering first doses of the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine and second doses, providing it has been at least 8 weeks since their first dose.
If you would like to book a BSL (British Sign Language) interpreter for your Covid-19 vaccination appointment please use this online form (external link).
Some walk-in BSL supported appointments will be available on this night, subject to capacity, for those unable to book.
If you would like to register interest for the in-person D/deaf and hard of hearing Covid-19 question and answer session then please fill in this online form (external link). Refreshments will be provided.
BSL Covid-19 Question and Answer session
St John’s Deaf Community Centre, 258 Green Lanes, N4 2HE
Friday 22 October
Register here to attend the event in person.
Refreshments will be provided.
BSL Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic
John Scott Health Centre, 220 Green Lanes, N4 2HE
Friday 22 October
Plans to bring new life to an iconic building and create a multi-purpose civic hub for the benefit of future generations of Haringey residents in the centre of the borough have moved a step closer.
Cabinet last night voted in favour of progressing to the next stage of the Civic Centre’s redevelopment, which will involve compiling a detailed design for the Grade II listed building, as well as an annex extension.
The Civic Centre, which was listed by English Heritage in 2018, has a played a significant role in the history of the borough since it opened its doors in 1958.
The many legendary names to grace the building include Bernie Grant, the first-ever black leader of a local authority in Europe, and George Michael who visited to help promote the thalassemia campaign and his Cypriot roots as this illness disproportionately affects this community.
The renovation plans for the council’s Wood Green base, currently closed due to serious safety and structural issues, includes the provision of staff offices and public spaces.
Restoring the historic building will substantially improve its sustainability and reduce the council’s carbon footprint, a key priority for residents.
Cllr Peray Ahmet, Leader of Haringey Council said:
“We have a fantastic opportunity to create a ‘heart of Haringey’ civic headquarters.
“This project enables us to not only bring the building back into use but also return it to its rightful place as a focal point for public life in the very centre of our borough.
“Our aim is to develop an accessible building that brings people together through high-quality community and public spaces. It can again be a home of dynamic, ambitious and thought-leading political debate.
“This is a place where the community can come and be part of the council’s work. In doing so, the restoration will support our priority of becoming a truly, genuinely collaborative council.”
The next major milestone for the project comes in January 2022 when the Cabinet will consider a report on enabling work.
By this point the current design phase and progress on the council’s post-pandemic ways of working will allow for confirmation of the decision made last night.
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