COVID-19 Update: AstraZeneca Vaccine, Testing for All, Elections, Peer Support Group

Update on the AstraZeneca vaccine

Public Health England has put together a leaflet with further information, on the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine,including what to look out for after vaccination for anyone who may be worried.

Rapid Covid-19 testing for all

Since Friday 9 April everyone who does not have COVID symptoms has been urged to take twice-weekly Covid tests to help identify cases that would otherwise be missed.(Anyone who has symptoms should still isolate at home and organise to take a PCR test.). Rapid testing can be obtained at a local rapid testing site Find your nearest site in Cambridgeshire, NHS Test & Trace sites, “Pharmacy Collect” (our nearest pharmacy is Linton Pharmacy) or by ordering a box of tests on line which will be delivered to your home. You can also ring 119 to order tests. View a map of your area to see what options you have locally to take regular tests.

6 May elections

There are a number of elections taking place on 6 May, including the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, the Police and Crime Commissioner, County Council election. If you wish to vote by post or to apply for a proxy, the deadlines are


  1. Monday (19 April) – to register to vote
  2. 5pm, Tuesday (20 April) – to apply for a postal vote (you must already be registered to vote).
  3. 5pm, Tuesday 27 April – to apply for a proxy vote (you must already be registered to vote). A proxy vote is when you appoint someone to visit your polling station on your behalf.
  4. Anyone who needs to self-isolate on election day because of Coronavirus, and is already registered to vote, will still be able to vote. This will be via new emergency proxy voting measures, even if they have not applied for a proxy vote before the above deadline. Anyone in this situation will be able to access an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on election day

Peer Support Group

C3 Churches are offering a virtual peer support group for anyone feeling isolated, overwhelmed or disconnected on Wednesdays at 7.30pm for an hour. The next eight session block starts on 21 April. Places are limited so please book online in advance at the C3 website.

COVID-19 Update: Duke of Edinburgh Book of Condolences, AstraZeneca Vaccine, Shielding, Community Funds

HRH Duke of Edinburgh Book of Condolences

Following Friday’s sad news, those wishing to post condolences may do so on a online book of condolences. The District Council will be making information available for those not on-line wishing to post a message. These will be publicised when we know what they are.

Due to the pandemic, the Royal Family have asked for people not to lay floral tributes. This message can also be found on the Royal Family website. There is also information for those wishing to make a donation.

Oxford/AstraZeneca Vaccine

You may have seen in the news reports about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The following links provide the latest advice:  Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory AgencyJoint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation

Shielding ends

From 1 April, clinically extremely vulnerable people in England are no longer advised to shield. Letters have been sent to people on the shielded patient list on practical steps people to reduce their risk of catching the virus. Priority access to supermarket deliveries for clinically extremely vulnerable people will continue until at least 21 June.  More information about support is on the County Council’s website.

How to safely provide support
The Government has released some guidance on how to safely provide support to people. This gives guidance available to help neighbours or service staff to make these interactions as safe as possible, but no-one with any Covid symptoms should offer support to others.

Community funds for post-COVID recovery

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages a growing number of funds to assist post-COVID recovery. Information is also available through the Support Cambridgeshire website.

COVID-19 Update: Rules, Reopening the High Street

South Cambs District Council have asked Parish Councils to publicise the following reminders as the Government’s road-map out of lockdown in England proceeds.

We all have a continuing role to play in taking precautions against catching or transmitting the virus by closely following the Government’s rules for each step of the roadmap and the well-established “hands-space-face” guidelines follow the guidelines It is also essential to stick to the rules around travel and holidaying.

S Cambs team continues to provide essential services and support to residents most in need.

All previously available support will continue for residents still self-isolating during this time  including financial help

The Reopening the High Street team is supporting local small to medium businesses as they reopen and work towards recovery. The Business Support Team is also supporting recovery  firms to access much-needed Government grants  to fund recovery .

For general advice and support see and

COVID-19 Update: Infection Rates, Vaccine Transport, Grants, Elections

South Cambs infection rate falling

The Covid case rate in South Cambs is now the lowest in the county at 24 per 100,000 in the last 7 days. While this is positive news ahead of the next phase of the government ‘roadmap’ on 29 March, when six individuals or two households can meet outdoors, we are reminded to continue to practice the established social distancing and hygiene measures

Vaccine transport reminder

Residents needing help to get to COVID-19 vaccination appointments can access community transport schemes through details online or call  0345 045 5219 (Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm. Most transport providers require a minimum of 24 hours’ notice for bookings. All are DBS checked.

Grants available for parents whose children are self-isolating

Parents who need to take time off work to look after children who are self‐isolating can apply for financial support (including parents of children aged up to 25 with an EHC plan). Find out more about how to apply on our website.


Elections for County Council seats, the Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the Police and Crime Commissioner take place on 6 May. Find out more on the Council’s website

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