Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
In recent weeks, NHS teams have been visiting schools to offer protection against coronavirus through vaccination.
Any 12-15 year old child who has missed out on vaccination, for whatever reason, is now being offered another chance to get their COVID jab.
Parents of children who missed out can now book their child in for a vaccination appointment using the NHS National Booking System (external link) or by calling 119 on your phone (free of charge).
If your child has not yet been offered the COVID-19 vaccine at school, please wait to be notified. If you wish for your child to get vaccination, please ensure that you complete the necessary consent form.
Even if you have previously declined the vaccine for your child, the NHS will still be happy to vaccinate them now if you book them in for a jab. You don’t need to be registered with a GP, and we won’t ask any questions about your family’s employment or immigration status.
Please note that any child who has recently tested positive for COVID-19 will need to wait 28 days since their positive test before they can get vaccinated.
When you come for your appointment, you will need to bring:
• Details of an emergency contact
• Face coverings, which both parent and child should wear at all times unless exempt for health / disability reasons
• Your child’s NHS number if they have one
• Please note that due to space constraints, only 1 parent or guardian can attend the appointment
Please note: Appointments and vaccine locations are being added all the time, so if you can’t book an appointment that’s convenient for you on your first visit to the NHS National Booking System, please check back later.
For more information, including Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the local NHS website (external link).
The Health Secretary, Sajid Javid has said that restrictions are more likely to be reintroduced in England if not enough people get vaccinated.
Daily cases have been above 40,000 for seven days in a row, with another 223 deaths recorded on 20 October. This is the highest daily number since March 2021.
The Government is under pressure from the British Medical Association (BMA), representing doctors across the UK, who have strongly advised the reintroduction of ‘Plan B’ measures such as mandatory face coverings in crowded settings, working from home and the introduction of COVID passports. The BMA has stressed that case numbers are comparable to March, when England was in lockdown, and far higher than similar European countries.
The Health Secretary confirmed that the Government would not be bringing in its Plan B measures,"at this point", but he warned coronavirus cases - which have been above 40,000 for eight days in a row - could rise to 100,000 a day.
What YOU can do
Although the Government has not decided to introduce Plan B measures yet, we all know that it makes sense to behave in a way that limits our exposure to viruses - Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air - will continue to reduce our risk of infection. Please Keep Doing the Right Thing For more information, see here.
Vaccination is our best defence against COVID-19, so to protect yourself, your families, friends and the wider community from COVID-19, it is important to get vaccinated.
- If you haven’t done so already, please get vaccinated without delay.
- If it has been 8 weeks or longer since your first vaccine, to maximise your protection, book your second dose.
- Evidence has shown that the protection offered by the COVID-19 vaccine begins to reduce after about 6 months. If you have been notified by the NHS that your booster vaccine dose is now due, please book it.
You can book any of your COVID-19 appointments online:www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine (external link) or by calling 119 (free of charge)
You can also find a local walk-in clinic by clicking here where you can get vaccinated without an appointment.
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.
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