Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
People living in England can book their coronavirus booster jab a month in advance from today, under government plans to speed up the booster rollout.
Previously people could not not book their top-up vaccines until six months have elapsed since their second dose.
But from today (Monday 8 November), those aged 50 and over, plus those most at risk, are able to book after five months.
This means that people can receive their booster on the day they reach the six-month milestone.
To book your COVID-19 booster vaccine, pleaes visit:www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine (external link)
NHS England is introducing the change to accelerate the rate of take-up of booster jabs, to help prolong protection against the virus.
Experts say while two vaccine doses give people high levels of protection, immunity reduces over time, particularly for at-risk groups.
The added concern is that even small dips in vulnerable people's immunity will affect the NHS's ability to cope this winter.
In addition, everyone over 50 and younger adults with underlying health issues, are being urged to take up their offer of a flu vaccine.
For more information see www.nhs.uk/wintervaccinations (external link)
On Thursday 4 November, Haringey was amongst 5 north London boroughs to win Best Health and Social Care at the LGC Awards 2021!
The awards are the most prestigious in local government. Haringey was nominated alongside Barnet, Camden, Enfield and Islington as part of the North Central London CCG for its work on public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The award is a tribute to all public health and social care workers in Haringey and across the north London boroughs during one of the most testing times in recent memory – thank you to all who contributed.
Haringey’s Lateral Flow COVID-19 test centre at Tottenham Green Pools and Fitness Leisure Centre is to close on Friday (5 November) for on-site testing but will remain open as a collection point for home test kits. The centre, which has operated since March as a test centre for asymptomatic people (not showing any symptoms of COVID-19), has been open to the public as a walk-in centre for testing, without the need to book.
Much has changed with COVID-19 testing during the pandemic and the public can now access home test kits from a variety of locations, including many pharmacies across the borough, as well as all the borough’s public libraries.
In addition, members of the public can collect home test kits:
- From our teams of public engagement officers, out and about in the community.
- on-site at secondary schools and colleges
- through workplace testing programmes, on-site or at home, if provided by employers
- by ordering a home test kit online (external link)
Initially, Rapid or Lateral Flow Test Centres played a big part in expanding access to asymptomatic testing for the public. However, as people have become used to regular testing, most choose to do it at their own convenience, using home test kits. As a result, the number of people visiting the test centre at Tottenham Green has gradually reduced over time, prompting the decision to close the on-site testing facility at the centre.
Dr Will Maimaris, Director of Public Health at Haringey Council said:
“COVID-19 has not gone away, and infection rates remain a concern. It is therefore extremely important that people continue to test themselves twice a week, using a Lateral Flow Device (rapid test kit), whether or not you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
“One in three people infected with COVID-19, do not experience any symptoms, but can pass on the virus to others, who may become seriously ill. An important way we can reduce transmission rates in the community, is by identifying those who are carrying the virus and getting them to self-isolate, rather than infect others.”
For more information on COVID-19 testing in Haringey, visit here.
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