National Vaccination Update
The first dose of a Corinavirus vaccine has now been received by more than 34.5 million people with over 15.5 million having had their second dose. People in England aged 40 and over have now become eligible for their vaccination. This is in addition to those who are clinically extremely vulnerable, those with an underlying health condition or learning disability, unpaid carers and health and social care workers. To book your vaccination online you can visit nhs.uk/covid vaccine – alternatively call 119, or wait to be contacted by your GP-led local vaccination service
The NHS currently uses three vaccines against coronavirus – Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna. A further five new vaccines will be deployed following regulatory approval, bringing the total number of vaccine doses ordered to 517 million. In addition, the government has now ordered an extra 60 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine as part of its plans for a vaccination booster programme in the autumn.
Local Vaccination Update
For the latest update for patients of the Pulborough Medical Group please see: – https://www.pmgdoctors.co.uk/
For the latest update for patients of the Arundel Surgery please see: – https://arundelsurgery.co.uk/
Roadmap to ease lockdown
The next stage of the roadmap will be Step 3, to become operative from 17th May.when it is expected that people will be able to meet indoors in a group of six or two households, indoor areas of pubs, bars restaurants etc. will reopen along with most remaining indoor entertainment and visitor attractions as well as holiday accommodation. In all cases, venues will be required to comply with COVID-Secure guidance. Further details will be provided next week.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has indicated there will be some “opening up” of foreign travel on 17 May with Britons possibly being able to visit certain countries without the need to quarantine upon return – but said it was important to be cautious.
It has been announced ahead of 17th May that from that date the legal limit of 30 mourners at a funeral service will be removed – the number of people who can attend will be determined by how many people the venue, such as the relevant place of worship or funeral home, can safely accommodate with social distancing. This includes both indoor and outdoor venues. Capacities of venues will vary, but many will allow significantly more than 30 people to attend.
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