Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
At last night’s coronavirus press conference, the Prime Minister announced that people attending nightclubs, and other venues where large crowds gather in England, will need to be fully vaccinated from the end of September.
Latest figures show 35% of 18 to 30-year-olds have not had their first jab.
Currently nightclubs and other crowded venues are only encouraged to ask clubbers to show proof of vaccination, a negative test result or immunity.
However, nightclubs and other such venues could be potential ‘super spreader events’, because of crowds in close contact, and an increase in cases is expected linked to their opening up.
The announcement came on the day nightclubs in England were allowed to reopen after 16 months of closure, but the government is still concerned by the continuing risk of transmission.
By the end of September, all over 18s will have had their chance to be double jabbed and so the government sees it as appropriate to make full vaccination the condition of entry to nightclubs and other venues where large crowds gather.
The Government has confirmed that England will move to Step 4 of the Roadmap out of Lockdown on 19 July, with the removal of most legal restrictions in place to control the spread of COVID-19.
While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why key protections remain in place at step 4 from 19 July, including; access to regular testing to help people manage their personal risk, updates to the NHS Test & Trace app, the maintenance of border quarantine for all arriving from red list countries, or for unvaccinated people from amber list countries, and extensive guidance for individuals, businesses and vulnerable people while infection rates are high.
From 19 July, legal restrictions will give way to an emphasis on personal responsibility as we are urged to understand the risks of COVID-19 and act responsibly to manage that risk - The risk of catching or passing on COVID-19 can be higher in certain places and when doing certain activities.
In situations where there is a higher risk of catching or passing on COVID-19, you should be particularly careful to follow the guidance on keeping yourself and others safe (external link) as we return to normality. Every little action helps to keep us all safer.
Businesses: All remaining businesses are now free to reopen, including nightclubs and adult entertainment venues, with no legal limit on their capacity, or requirement to follow social distance rules. However, businesses are encouraged to follow guidance on working safely and higher risk business settings may use the NHS COVID pass as a condition of entry, to reduce the spread of COVID.
Self-isolation: The requirement to self-isolate and get tested immediately if you have symptoms has not changed. This requirement is law and people must isolate following notification by NHS Test and Trace.
Get vaccinated: All adults in England have now been offered at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19 and if you have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine, you should get vaccinated now (external link).
It is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19, even if you are fully vaccinated. However, the vaccine reduces your chances of becoming seriously ill or dying substantially.
Regular testing: Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have any symptoms. This means they could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Testing twice a week increases the chances of detecting COVID-19 when a person is infectious - helping to make sure you don’t spread COVID-19. Rapid lateral flow testing is available for free to everyone.
Washing your hands: Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the day. Regular hand washing is an effective way to reduce your risk of catching illnesses, including COVID-19.
Clinically extremely vulnerable: Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else.
However, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch COVID-19, you should think particularly carefully about precautions you can continue to take.
Haringey is going for a hat-trick as the council looks to get thousands more people vaccinated to help keep communities safe across London.
Following the success of the last ‘Super Sunday’ mass vaccination event at Tottenham Hotspur stadium in June, where over 4,200 people got their COVID-19 jab, another pop-up clinic is scheduled for next weekend.
Haringey Council is working in partnership with the NHS and Tottenham Hotspur FC, to host the vaccine clinic, which will see 3000-5000 Pfizer jabs administered at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium to anyone over the age of 18 on Sunday 18 July, between 10am-6pm.
With rates of COVID-19 continuing to rise in Haringey and across London, due to the Delta variant, and all remaining COVID-19 restrictions set to lift the following Monday (19 July), the ‘Super Sunday’ event is the perfect opportunity for residents to get the jab and help keep everyone safe.
Dr Will Maimaris, Director of Public Health at Haringey Council said: “With the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions impending, it is so important that everyone over 18 gets vaccinated as soon as possible, and this clinic at Spurs is the perfect chance for residents to do just that.
“The last Super Sunday event saw Haringey top London’s daily COVID-19 vaccine league table, with the turnout demonstrating just how keen most people are to get vaccinated.
“But there are still some who have not yet had the jab, and I would encourage those people to use this opportunity at Spurs to help protect themselves and the community from this terrible virus.”
Appointments can be booked in advance on Eventbrite, with walk-ins also welcome, although queues are likely on the day. The clinic is for first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine only, with second doses only being given to those who received their first Pfizer jab on or before Sunday 23 May.
Entry to the stadium will be gained via entrances 6 and 7 on Paxton Terrace which is fully wheelchair accessible via a street level lift. A managed queuing system will be in place to ensure social distancing is maintained. Face masks must be worn.
Vaccinations will be carried out in the stadium’s West Stand Level 1 concourse, delivered by trained vaccinators from the GP vaccination sites in Haringey.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Haringey, please visit www.haringey.gov.uk/vaccine
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