Haringey coronavirus (COVID-19) updates
Dr Will Marmaris, Director of Public Health at Haringey Council said:
“We are really grateful to all residents in Tottenham Hale who completed a Covid-19 test even though they did not have symptoms to help us understand whether there was any spread of the South African variant of Covid-19. Thousands of local residents returned their tests which enabled us to identify that overall cases of covid were low in the community, and initial findings indicate no evidence that the South African variant was spreading through local community contact, however surveillance continues.
“The London Borough of Haringey will continue to work closely with the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England to deploy appropriate public health interventions when variants of concern are found including testing, increased genomic sequencing, and other measures to monitor and help suppress the spread of new variants.”
Haringey works with schools to provides hundreds of thousands in hardship funds for families struggling due to the pandemic
Haringey Council is making £729,000 available to Haringey schools across the borough to help families who are struggling financially due to the pandemic.
This will be shared between all primary, secondary, special and post 16 settings where pupils currently receive free school meals.
The grant forms part of a hardship fund worth more than £3.6 million from the government.
The remainder of the money is being used to assist residents in other ways such as the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Assistance will be provided through one-off awards for families struggling to meet the cost of living, or experiencing specific financial challenges, and will be distributed until 31 March this year.
Cllr Kaushika Amin, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families at Haringey Council, said: “We know that people across the borough, just like across the rest of the country, are facing unprecedented financial difficulties due to the challenges of the pandemic and they really need help and support.
“Schools have invaluable insight when it comes to identifying families that may need this at this time and I am pleased we are working with them across the borough in this way to help children and families.”
A series of pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics will be starting from Saturday 13 March as part of ongoing efforts to increase take-up of the vaccine in Haringey.
The clinics, set up by the local NHS in partnership with community organisations, are aimed at reaching people who may find it easier to access the vaccine in a more familiar community setting, or who have previously been hesitant to take the vaccine.
The pop-ups are open to people aged 50 and over and those with an underlying health condition such as diabetes, who have not had their first vaccine.
The following clinics are confirmed to take place:
- Saturday 13 March, 10am – 1pm:
Wightman Road Mosque N8 0HR
- Sunday 21 March, 10am – 1pm:
Masjid Ayesha, Clyde Road, N15 4JZ
- Thursday 25 March, 1pm – 4pm:
St Michael's Church Hall, Bounds Green Road, N22
- Monday 29 March, 10am- 1pm:
Turkish Cypriot Community Association, 628- 630 Green Lanes N8 0SD
It is a walk-in service, so people can drop in on the day without pre-booking. Attendees will be asked for identification so that they can be logged on the system and invited for their second vaccination at a later date.
Everyone is entitled to primary care regardless of their immigration status in the country, and residents over 50 years of age who are not registered with a GP or have previously declined the vaccine are also welcome to attend.
The pop-up clinics complement the main COVID-19 vaccination centres at Bounds Green Medical Centre, Lordship Lane Health Centre, Hornsey Central Health Centre and West Green Pharmacy.
Dr Will Maimaris, Director of Public Health at Haringey Council said:
"Getting vaccinated is vital to keeping our communities safe from Covid-19. As with the rest of the UK, we have seen a dramatic reduction in infection and hospitalisation rates since the start of the vaccination rollout, and we must continue to ensure that everyone is protected.
“These additional clinics help residents who may have experienced issues booking appointments, attending appointments, or who weren’t quite ready to take it previously.
“I would urge everyone to get the vaccine when it is offered by the NHS or at one of the vaccination sites in Haringey.”
Dr Peter Christian, local GP and clinical lead at North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group said:
“We have made massive strides in vaccinating residents in Haringey against COVID-19, however the job isn’t done yet.
“We are delighted to be working closely with our diverse communities to help drive uptake.
“We hope that by providing these extra pop-up clinics in the community, we can reach even more residents and make it much easier for them to be vaccinated and be given the best protection against this devastating disease.”
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