Coronavirus

Vaccine Update 21/06/2021

All adults living in West Lancashire who have not yet received their first or second dose of the vaccine are being urged to take advantage of COVID-19 pop up sites and a vaccine bus that will be visiting the area over the next three weeks.

Starting on Wednesday 23 June 2021 at the Tanhouse Community Centre in Ennerdale and running until Saturday 10 July 2021 at sites across our borough, the pop-up sites and mobile bus will aim to reach out to people who as of now, may have had difficulties in visiting the existing permanent sites.

To find out more about the pop up vaccination clinics click here

COVID-19: Update 15/06/2021

The Prime Minister has announced Step 4 of the Roadmap will be delayed by four weeks due to the spread of the Delta variant and to allow for more people to be vaccinated. This means that the wearing of face coverings and social distancing will still be required after June 21.

One exception to the delay is weddings - the cap on guests will be lifted, and will now be dictated by the ability of the venue to incorporate the social distancing of guests, as this is still required. 

Enhanced support:

A package of enhanced support, including increased testing and vaccinations, is being rolled out in Lancashire as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise quickly in some parts of the County. This extra support will therefore be available in West Lancashire.

The Borough will now receive enhanced support from central government to ramp up testing and to facilitate higher vaccination uptake. This means:

  • Everyone in West Lancashire, including children, are now being encouraged to take a COVID-19 test, whether they are showing symptoms or not to help identify variant of concern (VOC) cases and their spread.
  • Residents without symptoms will be able to pick up a free PCR kit from a designated collection point or have a kit sent to their home. (More details to follow.)
  • Residents will be asked to be cautious and think about minimising travel where possible.
  • Vaccination centres will be located in more convenient places for the community.

Residents are also urged to make use of free twice-weekly rapid tests, commonly known as lateral flow devices, alongside the PCR test as part of the enhanced testing support.

More details about the enhanced support package will be updated soon.

 

We are on STEP 3 of the Government's roadmap. Current guidance includes:

  • People can meet in groups of up to 30 outdoors – with social distancing
  • Six people or two households can meet indoors
  • Overnight stays allowed with people not in your household or bubble
  • Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality venues can seat customers indoors
  • Indoor entertainment such as museums, theatres and cinemas can open
  • Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary

 For the most up to date Coronavirus information visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Testing

If you have any coronavirus symptoms, which include:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Get a test by clicking here and stay at home. Other symptoms reported by people who have tested positive include a persistent headache and diarrhoea. You can read the other symptoms on the World Health Organisation website (external link).

If you don’t have symptoms:

We are all now being asked to get a twice-weekly rapid COVID-19 test. Find out more here

For symptom-free COVID-19 testing (known as asymptomatic testing) click here.

 

Please click on the links below to find out more about:

 

West Lancs Together – a helpline for West Lancashire Residents who need access to support networks during coronavirus

West Lancs Together is West Lancashire Partnership's response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The free helpline from West Lancashire Borough Council is there to support anyone feeling vulnerable or isolated at this time.

Find out more here - West Lancs Together.

 

What Government support am I eligible for?

Find out what support you might be eligible for at gov.uk/find-coronavirus-support.

 

Winter ready - Join the movement!

As partners in the West Lancashire Partnership, we are working together to help mobilise and support the local communities of West Lancashire to get Winter Ready. This means taking care of ourselves and each other over the winter as best we can, whether that is moving more, eating healthily or changing some of our habits. Find out more information at winter ready.

 

General Coronavirus information

To see the latest Government updates on Coronavirus, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

The UK is currently experiencing an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You are advised to keep yourself up to date with information about the latest spread of the virus and health guidance issued.

West Lancashire Borough Council wants to assure local people we have policies and business continuity plans in place to deal with the pressures presented by Coronavirus. We are constantly reviewing our plans and services against the daily guidance we are receiving from the Government. 

We also continue to receive updates from Public Health England and we are in regular contact with the Lancashire Resilience Forum. The Council will share and signpost key messages and advice across our website and social media to keep local people informed and safe in the coming months.

Lancashire Local Resilience Forum has the primary responsibility for planning for and responding to any major emergency, including a pandemic, in the county.

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Privacy Notice

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