SUPPORT and an earlier vaccination will be available for additional people in Tameside and Glossop who have been identified as being at increased risk of becoming seriously unwell from coronavirus.
The government has introduced new technology to identify further people who may be more vulnerable to the virus based on a combination of their individual characteristics such as obesity, ethnicity and where they live as well as their underlying health conditions.
These people will be identified and contacted directly by their GP practice and will also be prioritised for vaccination at the earliest opportunity, should they have not already received one.
People on this list are currently advised by the Government to shield and stay at home as much as possible – including working from home – until 31 March, except to exercise or to attend health appointments (including of course for vaccination appointments). Even if they have had both vaccination doses, they should continue to follow these shielding measures.
Anyone identified as being at high risk who needs support and has no else to support them can contact 0161 342 8355.
For further shielding advice see: Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Tameside Council Executive Leader Cllr Brenda Warrington said: “It’s great news that we are able to go even further in protecting the most vulnerable in our communities. It means we can ensure those most vulnerable to Covid can benefit as soon as possible from the protection that vaccines provide and from enhanced advice around shielding and being extra cautious.
“Please remember there is support available for those who have been advised to shield who have no one else to help them – you can call our humanitarian support line on 0161 342 8355 if you need support.”
NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group Co Chair Dr Syed Asad Ali said: “Anyone identified as being a higher risk will receive a letter from their GP and will be prioritised for vaccination. I’m pleased to say our vaccination roll out is going extremely well and we’re very quickly getting through our prioritisation lists to ensure everyone who is most a risk is getting protected as soon as possible.
“Everyone should continue to play their part by following shielding advice, where appropriate, and sticking to the lockdown rules and staying at home as much as possible. In particular, everyone should continue to be extra vigilant in the basics of washing hands regularly, keeping your social distance and wearing a face covering.”
You can find out more about the risk model at: https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/risk-assessment/population