- Anyone aged 65 and over, or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (previously on the shielding list), who haven’t yet had their first dose should now make an appointment at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by phoning 119
- Carers are included in Cohort 6 for vaccination if they fit the definition of “adult carers”, ( “Those who are eligible for a carer’s allowance, or those who are the sole or primary carer of an elderly or disabled person who is at increased risk of COVID-19 mortality and therefore clinically vulnerable.” ) Eligible carers will be contacted via the National Booking System (NBS) to receive an invitation to book a vaccination.
- Individuals added to the Shielded Patient List as part of the new QCovid model will be contacted by the NHS by text letter, or a phone call to offer them the vaccine.
Winter Support: Direct Award Scheme
Small one-off payments (£25 for an individual, up to £50 for a couple or family) are available to help South Cambridgeshire individuals and families in acute need with food and fuel as direct payments under the Winter Support Family Fund. Recipients receive an email with a food retail voucher or a unique code to credit their fuel account at a pay-point or a text/email code to take to a pay-point to cash out the money from their text code to purchase what they need. The scheme closes at the end of March 2021. Residents wishing to apply can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A S Cambs team member will then get in touch with applicants.
Self-isolation payments are expanding. People who need to self-isolate because of Coronavirus and will lose income by doing so may be entitled to a £500 payment that they do not have to pay back. This now also covers one parent or guardian who has to stay off work to look after a child who is self-isolating (where the parent or guardian is not required to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace but meets all the other eligibility criteria). Anyone who has lost an income due to self-isolation should get in touch with us as help is available.
Coronavirus home testing kits now easier to order
An announcement from Government was made on 18 February about new accessibility improvements to the home testing programme to make it easier to get tested.
Public Health England launches new Psychological First Aid training
People who care for or work with children and young people aged up to 25 who have been affected by COVID-19 (or other emergencies or individual crises) can access a new free online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course.