This Newsletter has been produced by the Petersfield COVID-19 Network. It is intended to help and inform Petersfield residents, especially those who are unable to leave their homes because of Government restrictions.
If you know someone who would like to receive the paper version of this newsletter, please ask them to contact Romsey Mill via phone or via post: Romsey Mill Centre, Hemingford Road, Cambridge CB1 3BZ (you do not need a stamp if you add “FREEPOST CB1067”) or call 07933 671101.
Romsey Mill can also offer assistance by putting you in contact with volunteers, who can help collecting shopping and medication.
If you have information which would be of benefit to other residents in Petersfield please contact Romsey Mill with details and we will consider using it in future newsletters.
For all residents experiencing other Covid related issues (e.g. needing help while they isolate, or experiencing financial hardship support) speak to a member of the customer services team at Cambridge City Council. Telephone 01223 458780 or contact Simon.Aslett@cambridge.gov.uk or complete an online help request form here https://www.cambridge.gov.uk/coronavirus
Latest infection statistics in Cambridge
Public Health England data indicates there were 35 new cases of Covid-19 in Cambridge, for the week Apr 7th – 14th. This is a 75% increase from the previous week, although these figures should not unduly alarm people, as numbers are still very low. In Petersfield in the same week there were 3 new cases, but there were no deaths this week in Cambridge. Scientists feel that the reduction in deaths nationally is being largely driven by vaccination.
Each week in April we are sharing free activities to do from home that explore what we can learn from nature, how we can attend to it and support it. This week’s activities include: WILDING and DISPERSE. These activities offer exercises for appreciation, spontaneity and deviation. Appreciate the wildlife you live with and explore your environment. These activities are part of Phuplec, an art project inspired by the history of allotments and green spaces in Petersfield and Romsey. Find out more on Petersfield Link Website: www.petersfield.link and at www.phuplec.com
Book or manage your coronavirus vaccination
Use this service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments.
You can only use this service if you are aged 45 or over OR you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable) OR you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable).
If you have a learning disability OR you get a Carer’s Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority OR your GP record shows you are a carer you are also eligible. Book your appointments at https://www.nhs.uk/book-a-coronavirus-vaccination/do-you-have-an-nhs-number
You need to have 2 doses of the coronavirus vaccine at 2 appointments, book both appointments at the same time and get the 2nd dose 11 to 12 weeks after getting your 1st dose.
You must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service.
Easing Lockdown – Step 2
Step 2, has seen the opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms are also open (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas. Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, are also open.
Hospitality venues are allowed to serve people outdoors at Step 2 and there is no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’). While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes has risen to 15.
New Advice for Healthy People aged 18-29
Recently there have been reports of a very rare condition involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after vaccination. Although this condition remains extremely rare there appears to be a higher risk in people shortly after the first dose of the AstraZeneca (AZ) vaccine. Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine doses given. This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 2 weeks following vaccination.
Currently, the advice is that it is preferable for people under 30 to have a vaccine other than AZ.
If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering any serious side effects you should complete the course.