Hertfordshire is in a national lockdown along with the rest of England as coronavirus case rates continue to rise. Residents are told you must stay at home.  The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has said: “We have faced several grave moments during our battle against coronavirus. But right now, the country is perhaps facing the most serious yet. The new, more transmissible variant of this disease is spreading rapidly across the country and having tragic consequences.”  For more information about the new rules, visit: National lockdown: Stay at Home – GOV.UK

Keep on doing the basics:

  • make sure we wash our hands regularly and thoroughly
  • keep our distance from others
  • wear a face-covering when required
  • self-isolate when told to do so

COVID Vaccinations
The UK’s Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty reminds us that these restrictions will not last forever. Science has delivered new vaccines, drugs and tests, with more on the way, in record time. People will be reunited. Vaccines and new treatments offer us hope and a clear way out. But we are not there yet and should not act as if we are. We can all play our part to assist the vaccination programme by:

  • waiting to be contacted by the NHS – you will be invited to an appointment when it is your turn. Remember the NHS will never ask you to pay for a COVID vaccination
  • attending both of your booked appointments
  • continuing to follow all the guidance to control the spread of the virus
  • ensuring that you are registered with a GP who may contact you when it is your turn to receive the vaccine

Everyone who is vaccinated will need a booster jab, this will be administrated up to 12 weeks after the first dose. It takes a few weeks after getting the second dose for the person’s antibodies to reach their optimum level. Even after a second dose of the vaccination, in order to protect yourself, your family, friends and colleagues, you must still follow the general advice at work, at home and when you are out and about:

  • practise social distancing
  • wear a face mask
  • wash your hands carefully and frequently
  • follow the current guidance

To get support if you’re affected by coronavirus please contact HertsHelp:

  • help to get food, household essentials and medication
  • financial support and advice
  • services that can support you if you are feeling lonely or down
  • ways to improve your health and wellbeing

Visit HertsHelpemail  or call  0300 123 4044.

A COVID-19 snapshot of Hertfordshire is available here.

For more information and guidance for residents and businesses during the pandemic you can also visit Hertfordshire County Council.