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Covid 19 Update from Shropshire Council
13th January 2021

Covid Update from Shropshire Council

COVID-19 Update

Vaccinations

“The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now underway and scaling up as we speak. But we must all keep doing our bit to stop the virus spreading while the vaccines team carry out this hugely important work. Further updates will follow in relation to vaccination centres. The vaccines give us some light at the end of the long tunnel but we still have some way to go.

There are currently 4 sites across Shropshire and Telford live as at 10th January. However, these will be followed a further nine to twelve sites across the County by the middle of February. The ambition is to have access to any site within less than 10 miles of people’s homes less than 45 minutes drive.

The roll out, began in December and has now seen over 12,000 people vaccinated in Shropshire and Telford vaccinated.

At this time the target is to vaccinate all the over 80s and key health and social workers by the middle of February along with those who are clinical vulnerable and over 70s . The aim is to vaccinate those in care homes first by the end of January.

Transport to Appointments: Should family, friends or neighbours not be able to offer a solution and a local transport provider is not available to you (e.g. a taxi), the Council, Town Council and our Health Partners are looking at ways in which we could support you. Where local transport is not available for your appointment please contact 0345 678 9028 or 01939 232733. In the first instance you should mention any transport difficulties when you have are contacted about an appointment.

Testing

If you have any of the following symptoms - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you should book a test and not leave home for at least 10 days if the result is positive. Testing sites are available across the County and from mid January the mobile site will be moving to the Bowensfield Car Park in Wem for those who have symptoms no matter how mild, book a test by calling 119 or at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.

We are also offering rapid COVID-19 testing for frontline workers and those people who are unable to work from home during the current lockdown. The test is for people who do not have symptoms and must be booked in advance using the following link www.shropshire.gov.uk/lfdpublictesting

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