Healthwatch City of London Bulletin 15

This week's bulletin summarises the latest shielding advice for vulnerable residents, and the new risk level restrictions put in place today.
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Join us for our Annual General Meeting

We will be holding our AGM this, Friday 16th October, between 13:00 – 15:00.

The year has been one of change and growth for Healthwatch City of London, since being awarded the contract to deliver Healthwatch services in September 2019. Find out our plans for the coming year and reporting back on an eventful year for us and, as it turned out, for the country too.

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Latest COVID – 19 information

We are working to obtain the latest information on the second wave of COVID-19 and reporting it back to you. All the latest advice and information will be published on our website as and when we receive it.

Advice on Shielding and local alert levels 

The Government has published updated guidance for everyone who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

The guidance replaces previously published guidance by the government.

Vulnerable people will receive new guidance tailored to where they live. The City of London is to be classified as High in the local COVID-19 alert level from midnight on Friday 16th October.

Here is a summary of the restrictions:  

  • you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • you must wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated
  • you must follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • walk or cycle where possible and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

The government may advise more restrictive formal shielding measures for the clinically extremely vulnerable in the worst affected very high alert areas, based on advice from the Chief Medical Officer. This will only apply to some very high alert areas, and the government will write to you separately to inform you if you are advised to shield. You are not advised to follow this revised shielding advice unless you receive a new shielding notification advising you to do so.

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Have you had your Flu vaccination?  

This year it is more important than ever to get the free flu vaccine (for those who are eligible). This will help protect them and others who are at risk of complications, our local communities and the NHS.   Please see below a range of videos from doctors in our community telling us why it is so important and dispelling some of the common myths about the vaccine.


Dr Nada Hadid message for Muslim parents:

Dr Nada Hadid get your flu jab:

Dr Deblina Dasgupta get your flu jab:

Dr Opat message to Jewish parents:

Dr Colvin get your flu jab:

Dr Chor get your flu jab:

Keep up to date with the latest advice

HWCoL are constantly updating our advice and information pages. Please make sure you visit them regularly.

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