Coronavirus update

ENGLAND’S FOUR-STEP LOCKDOWN EXIT PLAN
With vaccinations in the UK now rapidly approaching the 20 million mark and infection rates falling, the target for vaccinating all over-50s, who have accounted for 98% of Covid deaths, has been brought forward to April 15th with every person over 18 now expected to have been offered a jab by the end of July. Against the backdrop of this greatly encouraging trend, Monday 22nd February witnessed the Government’s announcement of the 4 step roadmap for the end of lockdown. There will be a minimum of five weeks between each stage and further progression will be subject to four conditions being met at each stage, i.e. the rate of progress of the vaccination roll-out, a reduction in the number of deaths from the virus or in those needing hospital treatment, no surge in hospital admission rates and no increase in the risk of lifting restrictions posed by any coronavirus variants. As the Prime Minister said, decisions made at each stage will be led by data and not dates.

The main features of the 4 steps are as follows: –

STEP 1  from 8th March
All students return to schools
Two people can meet in an outside space for a chat, not just for exercise
Care home residents will be allowed one regular named visitor
Funerals can be attended by 30 people – only 6 at wakes
Weddings can be attended by up to six people and can take place in any circumstances
Stay at Home rules still apply

from 29th March
Outdoor gatherings of either 6 people or two households allowed, including in private gardens
Outdoor sports and facilities such as football, golf, tennis, basketball and outdoor pools can recommence
Stay at Home rules end but people will be encouraged to stay local – no holidays permitted

STEP 2  from 12th April
Shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, gyms, indoor pools and certain outdoor venues such as zoos and theme parks reopen
Pubs and restaurants can serve people sitting outdoors
Libraries and community centres can reopen
UK staycations away from home allowed in self-contained accommodation if not shared with other households
Weddings and receptions can be attended by up to 15 people
Funerals can be attended by up to 30 people – only 15 at wakes
People should still work from home if possible
Overseas travel not permitted (except for exempt reasons such as work)

STEP 3  from 17th May
Up to six people or two households can meet indoors
Pubs and restaurants can reopen indoors
Cinemas, theatres, sports stadiums and some other venues can reopen with limits on capacity
Adult indoor sports and exercises classes can resume
Hotels and B&Bs can reopen to household groups
Weddings, funerals and other events such as christenings can be attended by 30 people
International travel can resume – subject to review

STEP 4  from 21st June
It is hoped all legal limits on social contact, including weddings, funerals, festivals and conferences will be removed and restrictions lifted on large events and performances

The rules on social distancing and wearing of face coverings remain in place until further notice.

For more details of all these measures please refer to the Government’s guidance from the Prime Minister’s Office which can be seen here: –
Prime Minister sets out roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keep safe and stay well and if you need help with shopping or prescriptions please contact
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

Coronavirus update

On a national scale, with over 15.5 million first doses having been administered, the UK has now reached the mid-February target of offering a vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups, which includes NHS frontline staff, care home residents and workers, over-70s, and people deemed clinically extremely vulnerable.

Invitations are currently being issued to those aged between 65 and 69 and the Government’s aim now is by the end of April to vaccinate everyone over the age of 50 and all those aged 16 to 64 with certified underlying health conditions plus adult carers. All those who have had their first dose will receive a second within a 12-week period.

For news of the progress of the vaccines taking place across the Arundel & South Downs constituency please see the special Update from Andrew Griffith MP which can be seen here: – Vaccine Update (mailchi.mp)

People in the 65-69 age group will now receive a letter from NHS England offering a vaccination at a mass vaccination centre. Chichester District Council have announced that an additional centre at the Westgate Leisure Centre in Chichester is about to be added to the list.

If you are member of the 65-69 age group and are a patient at the Pulborough Medical Group but would prefer not to attend a mass vaccination centre, you can ring PMG now and book an appointment to have your jab at the surgery – please note they will not be contacting these patients. PMG are also offering vaccines to patients aged 16-65 in an “at risk” group and they will be contacting these patients during the coming days. For more details, please see here: – https://www.pmgdoctors.co.uk/

For an update on vaccinations for patients of the Arundel Surgery, please see here: – https://arundelsurgery.co.uk/

People aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated and would like to, are now able to contact the national booking service directly to arrange an appointment. To do this, people can visit NHS – Covid vaccination(Opens in a new window) or call 119.

For the latest Government guidance on what you can and cannot do under the current National Lockdown: Stay at Home rules, including international travel and booking and staying in a quarantine hotel, please see here: –

National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
In his conference on Monday, the Prime Minister announced that –
next week I will be setting out a roadmap saying as much as we possibly can about the route to normality even though some things are very uncertainBecause we want this lockdown to be the last. And we want progress to
 be cautious but also irreversible. So please continue to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives”.

Keep well and stay safe. If you require help with shopping or prescriptions please contact:
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

Coronavirus update

Amid concerns about the effectiveness of the Oxford-AstraZeneca’s jab against the South African variant, the Prime Minister said on Monday he is very confident in the COVID vaccines being used in the UK which are very effective in delivering a high degree of protection against serious illness. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer stressed there was plenty of evidence that vaccines were effective against this variant and urged people to get a jab.

People aged 70 or older in England who have not yet had their coronavirus vaccine, but would like to, are being asked to contact the NHS. A national booking system is available that can be accessed online or people can call 119 free of change between 07:00 and 23:00. Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first. With approximately 500,000 vaccinations being dispensed on a daily basis, it is hoped that by mid-February 15.9 million people would have had their first vaccine

In West Sussex 91.5% of the over 80s have had their first vaccine and 74% of the most vulnerable people have been vaccinated. Those who have had their first jab will get an appointment within 12 weeks for their second dose which will be carried out at the same venue as the first dose.

Some GP surgeries are able to administer the vaccines but where this is not possible people would be invited to attend National Vaccine Centres which have opened around the country including Brighton, Portsmouth, Crawley and Eastbourne. Various pharmacies are also able to dispense the vaccines and some mobile sites are opening in various locations. Plans are being made for a possible central site in Chichester. Patients registered housebound with their GP will be offered an at home appointment.

For the latest news on vaccinations for Bury parishioners please refer to the information you will find on the surgery website. For patients of the Pulborough Medical Group please see here: – https://www.pmgdoctors.co.uk

If registered with the Arundel Surgery please see here: – Arundel Surgery

Keep well and stay safe – and do be careful during the current cold spell which is likely to be with us for some days yet. If you need help with shopping or prescriptions please contact:
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

Coronavirus update

VACCINE NEWS
The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccinations in England continues at pace with close to 10 million doses now administered and all care home residents having been offered a jab. Nine in ten people over 80 have had their jab along with three quarters of people aged 75-79. In the coming weeks it is expected that those in younger age groups will receive their invitations earlier than originally expected and during March millions of elderly people should receive their second doses.

Currently, vaccination is done using either the Pfizer-BioNTech or the Oxford-AstraZeneca version. The Moderna vaccine has received regulatory approval and is likely to be deployed in the spring. Last week came news of two further vaccines having been developed, the Novavax and the Johnson & Johnson-Janssen, the latter requiring only a single dose. Both are expected to be available in the spring. The Government has placed a total of 247 million across all 5 versions of the vaccines.

On 1st February it was announced that the UK Government’s multi-million pound investment in Valneva’s facility in West Lothian has resulted in the manufacturing of a further vaccine which is currently at the trials stage and, assuming regulatory approval, could deliver 60 million doses during the second half of 2021. A further 40 million doses would be delivered in 2022 thereby bolstering the UK’s portfolio and providing future flexibility should it become necessary to revaccinate any of the UK population.

For the latest news on vaccine roll-out at our local surgeries we suggest you visit their website.
Patients at the Pulborough Medical Group please see here: –https://www.pmgdoctors.co.uk
Patients at The Arundel Surgery please see here: – Arundel Surgery

NATIONAL LOCKDOWN GUIDELINES
For the latest comprehensive guidance on what you can and cannot do during the current stay-at-home lockdown please see here: – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home

EAT OUT TO HELP OUT
In August last year, to support the hospitality sector and the many thousands of jobs within it, the Government launched the Eat Out To Help Out Scheme whereby on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout the month customers in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes could get 50% off the cost of food and non-alcoholic drinks up to a total value of £10 per person at participating establishments. This proved to be a highly popular and successful initiative as can been seen by the statistics just released by the Government showing the take up rate for the various regions of the country which can be viewed here:
Eat Out to Help Out statistics – geographic breakdown – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Keep well and stay safe and if you need help with shopping or prescriptions please contact:
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

Coronavirus update

Sussex Health and Care Partnership
The NHS in Sussex report that the vaccine roll-out is well under way and that all patients registered with a GP in Sussex have now been allocated to one of the GP-led local vaccination services and will be contacted when it is their turn to receive the vaccine. GPs have been working together in local groups to arrange the vaccination of their patients, usually at one shared location.

A new large scale vaccination centre has just opened at Brighton Centre – this venue provides an alternative to local GP-led vaccination services. Residents should not contact the Brighton Centre direct – the NHS booking service will write to eligible people providing them with full details of how to book an appointment so that they can then choose whether to make a booking at the Brighton Centre or wait until they are contacted by their own GP for an appointment at a more local vaccination centre if more convenient.  For further information please see here.

Nationally, in excess of 7 million vaccines have already taken place and from Monday 25th January a further 32 large-scale vaccination centres capable of vaccinating thousands of people each week opened, bringing the total of such centres to 50 plus.
Chichester District Council has announced that the vaccine will also be delivered at high street pharmacies. Boots, Superdrug and several independent stores will be the first of hundreds of community pharmacies to offer vaccinations. CDC have been told that in Sussex, the first community vaccination services are due to come online in the next fortnight.
Test and Trace
For the latest Government guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested please see here.

If, as a result of a test you are told to self-isolate by the NHS Test and Trace, you may be eligible for a £500 support payment if you live in England and meet the criteria to qualify. Full details can be seen here.

Stay well and keep safe and if you need help with shopping or prescriptions please contact
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

Vaccination update

ANDREW GRIFFITH MP – VACCINE UPDATE
Andrew has produced a special newsletter on the progress of COVID-19 vaccinations across the Arundel & South Downs constituency which can be seen here.

LOCAL VACCINATION UPDATE
We understand that patients registered with the Arundel Surgery are now being called to attend for their vaccination in accordance with the government programme – the surgery website can be accessed at www.arundelsurgery.co.uk

According to the website for the Pulborough Medical Group, they have a delivery of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines later this week. These vaccines are for patients aged 70 and over, and those who are in the extremely high-risk category and would be in receipt of a letter advising them to shield – PMG are inviting these patients to make an appointment for their vaccination. For more details, please see here

 

Coronavirus update

With in excess of 4 million people now having had at least one dose of a vaccine to protect against Covid-19, the roll-out programme is well under way to meet the Government target to vaccinate 15 million people in the top four priority groups by 15th February,

Some High Street pharmacies in England began vaccinating people from priority groups last Thursday, with 200 in total due to be providing jabs over the next two weeks. Along with 200 hospitals, 800 GP-led services and 17 mass vaccination centres across England vaccinations are currently being offered at more than 1,000 sites.

Some supermarkets are offering car parks as drive-through centres and conference centres and sports stadiums such as Tottenham Hotspur FC have offered to become a venue for the NHS to provide the vaccine.

Millions of people aged 70 and over and those clinically extremely vulnerable to Covid-19 are being invited to get their vaccinations from Monday 18 January as the NHS begins roll out of the vaccines to the next 2 priority groups – see here for more information.

With Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine Phase-3 clinical trial data expected to be announced before the end of January, followed by an application for Emergency Use Authorization in the US and other countries, another vaccine may soon become available in the market. Unlike other Covid-19 vaccines, which require two doses, the J&J vaccine is a single-shot vaccine, adding a lot of convenience for people taking the shot and government bodies struggling to scale-up the mass rollout.  It also greatly simplifies logistics and scalability.  The vaccine’s storage temperature requirement is 2-8 degrees Celsius. It is hoped that Johnson & Johnson could deliver the first doses of its Covid-19 vaccine to Europe in April.

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES DURING THE PANDEMIC
Chichester District Council has produced a short guide with information on the different support available for families, including children eligible for free school meal vouchers, plus other areas of support for those affected financially by the Coronavirus Pandemic – please see here.

Keep well and stay safe and if you require assistance with shopping or prescriptions please contact
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475

 

Lockdown libraries

In accordance with Lockdown rules, West Sussex Libraries are closed for browsing and cannot currently offer public computer use, printing, photocopying or fax facilities. However, books can be ordered for collection from and returned to the door – and the online service offers a wealth of material such as eBooks and eMagazines, virtual story times and rhyme times for children, local history and links to useful information and other services. For more details, please see here.

Local businesses for Lockdown

At a time when we are urged to stay at home and only venture out for short journeys to obtain essential supplies, we are very fortunate to have a number of businesses in our own parish able to cater for most of our needs. Here is a reminder of our local traders and what they have to offer – ever since the initial March 2020 lockdown, they have remained open (when permitted by law) and operated under difficult conditions, following Covid-19 protocols while still providing excellent, friendly service so let’s all continue to give them the support they deserve!

CHARLIE’S FARM SHOP – SOUTHVIEW FARM, BURY
Charlie’s Farm Shop is open Tuesday to Sunday, providing milk, a range of dairy products, bakery items, vegetables, frozen foods, deli, confectionary, beers and wines, on-site butchery and a large range of quality local produce. Pasteurised milk is literally on tap and will always be available. The mobile fish van visits on Thursdays. You can email or telephone ahead with an order, arrange a collection time and your shopping will be carried out to you/your car at the rear of the shop. Phone: 01798-303989. Website: – www.charliesfarmshop.co.uk

TURNERS GARAGE, A29 BURY
Turners Garage, now in their 101st year – offers the full range of facilities for motoring needs – forecourt service with petrol and diesel and a shop offering some everyday essentials plus snacks, confectionary, beverages etc. Vehicle servicing, repairs and MOTs available plus batteries, brakes, tyres, exhausts and Britpart Land Rover Parts. Coal and gas are also available. Open Monday to Friday. Phone 01798-831417. Email:  workshop@turnersgarage.org.uk Website:  www.turnersgarage.org.uk

COKES FARM – WEST BURTON
In Ken and Diana’s shop at Cokes Farm you will find free range eggs, duck eggs, milk and some dairy produce along with some seasonal vegetables plus items of local produce and certain household products. Open daily. Phone: 01798-831475.

BURY POST OFFICE
Tracy our postmistress visits Bury every Friday between 1.15pm and 3.30pm to deliver the normal Post Office services including paying in of cash and cheques along with cash withdrawals.

THE SQUIRE AND HORSE, BURY
In accordance with current Lockdown rules, Nick has had to close the pub and restaurant for the time being. However, a take-away service is available on Friday and Saturday evenings offering fish and chips, cheeseburger and chips, Thai curry, steak and kidney pudding and on Sunday lunchtime roast of the day. To place an order please call 01798-831343.
Website: https://www.squireandhorsebury.co.uk/

JANE BELLINGER
Renowned Bury-based, Cordon Bleu chef Jane is currently overseeing a major kitchen refurbishment but will be operational again shortly and full details will follow in a subsequent update.

Coronavirus update

Lockdown Poster
Our previous update contained a link to the guidelines the Government published on the current National Lockdown – Stay At Home conditions. For an at-a-glance version, a poster has now been produced and can be accessed here.

A Third Vaccine Approved
The US biotech firm Moderna have produced a coronavirus vaccine which has been authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Body and so can be used as an alternative to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. The UK Government have ordered a total of 17 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, enough to vaccinate 8.5 million people. However, supplies of the Moderna version will not be available in the UK immediately as the company will give the first batches to citizens of the USA where the vaccine was funded and developed. Taking all three vaccines into account, the Government have now ordered a total of 367 million doses and the Prime Minister has said that the aim is to vaccinate 15 million people in the UK by mid-February.

Local Vaccinations Update
As mentioned last week, the vaccination of patients of the Pulborough Medical Group is well under way and a number of our residents have received their first jab. Patients registered with the Arundel Surgery will be pleased to know that the surgery have now had news of the Covid vaccine allocation for the “Regis” locality – however when vaccinations begin, they will be administered at the Bognor Health Centre rather than the surgery. Arundel Surgery’s website contains full details and can be accessed here.

BEWARE OF SCAMMERS!
Sadly, as with the Test and Trace system previously, scammers are now using the Covid vaccination programme in an attempt to extricate money from the unwary. One version doing the rounds comes in the form of an email purporting to be from the NHS informing the recipient that they have been identified as being eligible for a vaccine and, surprise, surprise – asking for details of a debit or credit card as “we need to prove ownership of address”. Please remember that the vaccination is free of charge and you will never be asked by the NHS to provide your bank account or debit/credit card details.

Stay well and keep safe and if you need help with shopping or medical prescriptions please contact
Fr. Peter Mallinson (Bury) 839057 or Ken & Diana Rowsell (West Burton) 831475