Keep Safe and Have Your Say on 6 May - (COVID Update - 30 April)
With the Bank Holiday weekend approaching, please remember to keep following the latest guidelines – for the latest information, please see the GOV.UK website.
Local elections on 6 May
Local elections are being held on 6 May. For more information on how to vote safely, including how to apply for an emergency proxy vote if you’re self-isolating, please see the GOV.UK website.
Because of COVID-19, there will be safety measures in place at polling stations to help you vote safely (for example, a one-way system or restrictions on the number of people allowed in).
If you choose to vote in person, make sure you:
- Wear a face covering (unless you’re exempt)
- Bring your own pen or pencil (there will be clean pencils available at the polling station if you forget to bring your own)
- Use the hand sanitiser provided when entering and leaving the polling station
- Keep to social distancing guidelines.
The Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs, at large vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals. For more local information, please see the CCG website.
The vaccine is currently being given to people who:
- Are aged 40 or over
- Will turn 40 before 1 July 2021
- Are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- Are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
- Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- Have a learning disability
- Are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.
The order in which people will be offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). If you are not eligible yet, please wait to be contacted, the NHS will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine.
The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group reports that more than 1,295,000 vaccines have now been given and over 360,000 people given the extra protection of a second dose.
For more information on COVID vaccinations, please see the NHS website.
Symptom free testing update
Rapid lateral flow testing is available free to anybody without symptoms. For more information on how to get a rapid lateral flow test, please see the NHS website.
Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you. If you have symptoms you should continue to get a PCR test.
With tests being so readily available, coupled with the decreasing case numbers in the county, KCC announced that some of the symptom free testing sites in Kent will be closing at the end of April, including the testing site at Dover Discovery Centre, which closes today (30 April). Residents are able to use the centre at The Guildhall in Sandwich, which will remain open until the end of May. If you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms you should NOT visit a symptom free testing site.
Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on 12 April. However, many restrictions remain in place. For more information on how COVID restrictions will be eased in England, please see the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’.
For the latest information, please see the GOV.UK website.
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