Coronavirus News Update July 2021

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On Monday 5 July, the UK Government said that it expects all legal Coronavirus restrictions in England to end on Monday 19 July.  This means that we will enter the final step (Step 4) of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

The Government will check the COVID-19 data on Monday 12 July and, as long as not too many people are in hospital with it, confirm that lockdown will end completely on 19 July.  It is also fairly clear from what the Prime Minister said on Monday that it will be up to each person to decide for themselves how they protect themselves and others from the virus.

Bristol’s current rate of known infections is 330 per 100,000 people and is increasing quite fast.  But, so far, 294,582 of all adults (over 16 years old) living in Bristol have had at least one vaccine dose.

From Monday 19 July, there won’t be any law that we have to keep a social distance from people we don’t live with, or wear a face mask, and there will be no limit on how many people can meet up or be in one venue.  All venues that are still shut (concert halls, theatres, festivals, etc) will be allowed to reopen with no limits on how many people can be in them.

There will be national guidance on places and situations where we have, until 19 July, had to wear a mask or to social distance from others.  But it is totally voluntary.

The vaccination rollout will continue and so will the NHS Track and Trace system. 

Anyone in Bristol can now get a free Coronavirus test, which is very important if we are to stop so many people getting ill.  This is because it plays an important role in finding cases of COVID-19 and helping people to self-isolate.  People can still pick up the virus and many will be spreading it without knowing.  That’s why it is important that everyone takes the free Rapid Flow Tests from their pharmacy twice a weekly.

Alongside testing, vaccinations are absolutely vital in helping us get back to doing the social and leisure things we love.  Everyone on the Shielded Patient List should already have been offered both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.  If you have not yet received your first or second dose, please contact your GP as soon as you can, or book your vaccination appointment online, or go along to one of the Bristol Vaccination ‘pop-up’ events in the city (see the list at the bottom of this article).  Also, make sure you get your second dose of the vaccine.  Having two doses is essential to you having the highest level of protection from catching Coronavirus.

No vaccine is 100% effective so, even if you have had both doses, there is still a small chance you could catch the virus so the health advice is to still continue to take the extra safety measures, like social distancing, wearing a mask and washing your hands often, to help look after yourself.

To find out more, go to https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

To find more out about information about on Covid-19 in Bristol, go to https://www.bristol.gov.uk/coronavirus/what-you-need-to-know or Tel: 0117 922 2000.

Pop-Up and Drop-In Vaccination Events in Bristol

Saturday 10 July: 9am – 5pm – East Trees Health Centre, 100a Fishponds Rd, Eastville, BS5 6SD (Pfizer Vaccine)

Saturday 10 July: 9am -1pm – Knowle Healthy Living Centre, Knowle West Health Park, Downton Road, Knowle, BS4 1WH (Pfizer Vaccine)

These clinics are open to anyone aged over 18. You can visit these clinics to get your first dose, or your second dose if you received your first dose at least eight weeks ago.Keep up to date with upcoming walk-in clinics for the Pfizer or AstraZeneca Vaccines on the Healthier Together website

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