COVID-19 Update | Stoke-on-Trent City Council

Posted on behalf of Stoke-on-Trent City Council

 

Grab a jab

A difficult January is predicted for the NHS with rising Covid-19 cases, and if we want to reduce the risk of further social restrictions in Stoke-on-Trent, we need to act now.

Some areas of the city have still not taken up the opportunity for a first jab – please encourage friends and family to take up the triple vaccinations, it’s not too late to have your first dose.

If you have questions about the vaccine, please don’t listen to the myths. Instead, find out the facts on the NHS website. Covid-19 and long-Covid are terrible illnesses – the vaccines are your best defence.

There are three ways to get your vaccine before 31 December 2021:

Due to the high demand the NHS are increasing the number of appointments, so please keep checking for the latest availability.

Local GP practices are very busy, treating urgent cases and delivering vaccinations. Please do not contact your GP practice directly to ask for a Covid-19 vaccination appointment.

Case rates

Covid statistics (Tuesday 14 December)

Nationally there are 59,610 cases and were 150 deaths

In Stoke-on-Trent we have 299 cases, so 1348 cases in total for the week ending 9 December. The 7 day rate is 525.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Stoke-on-Trent is now 65th in England (519) & second highest in the West Midlands (451)

All the PCR testing sites were incredibly busy yesterday, so we expect case numbers will rise significantly in the next few days.

Grab a Jab – and keep testing so that you are ready for meeting up with people over the festive season, and know that you are keeping them all safe.

Get thee sen a jab duck!

From last Friday (10 December), it is now a legal requirement to wear face coverings in most indoor public places and on public transport, including taxis.

Encourage others to get their vaccines and show that we’re in it together as a city by wearing one of these innovative Stokie face coverings.

Produced by local artist Megan Rose in association with the city council, there are five new “Get thee sen a jab, duck” designs. These are striking, affordable, Stokie face coverings with filters, adjustable straps & nose clips at £3.50 each

Get Thee Sen a Jab Duck – megan rose ltd (meganrosedesign.co.uk)

There are five designs available:

  • Hanley
  • Gladstone and more
  • Phoenix
  • A500
  • Longton

(Please note these are not medical grade masks)

 

Covid Pass comes into force

From yesterday (15 December), some venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated (currently a full course of vaccination without the need for a booster), have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or that they have an exemption.

This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS Covid Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an NHS Test and Trace email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues.

You can access your Covid Pass through:

  • the NHS App
  • NHS UK
  • A letter that you can obtain on NHS.UK or by calling 119

 

The NHS Covid Pass lets you share your Covid vaccination status and test results in a secure way for entry to domestic venues or events.

You can obtain a Covid Pass two weeks after completing a full course of vaccination or with a negative test in the last 48 hours. To strengthen the protection testing provides you are strongly advised to take tests as late as possible before attending the event, ideally within 12 hours.

You can also show email or text proof of your negative test result in order to gain entry to these venues.

 

The use of the Covid Pass is required as a condition of entry into the following places:

  • nightclubs, dancehalls and discotheques;
  • other late night dance venues. These are any other venues that are:
  • open between 1am and 5am;
  • serve alcohol during this time;
  • have a dancefloor (or designated space for dancing); and
  • provide music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
  • indoor events with 500 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as music venues with standing audiences or large receptions;
  • outdoor events with 4,000 or more unseated attendees, where those attendees are likely to stand or move around for all or part of the event, such as outdoor festivals; and any events with 10,000 or more attendees indoor or outdoor, such as large sports and music events

There are some settings that are exempt from requirements to use the NHS Covid Pass including communal worship, wedding ceremonies, funerals and other commemorative events, protests, and mass participation sporting events.

Find out more about using the NHS Covid Pass.

 

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