Latest Coronavirus Restrictions Guidelines
The restriction guidelines have recently changed and will be changing again soon.
- Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble.
- Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside.
- Work from home if you can and only travel when necessary.
- If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home.
- Shielding ended on 31 March.
- Free lateral flow tests are available for everyone without symptoms. Click here for further information.
Find out what you can and can't do here.
Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid Vaccine Update
On 8 April the European Medicines Agency (EMA) stated that blood clots with low blood platelets should be listed as very rare side effects of the Oxford-AstraZeneca (AZ) COVID vaccine.
Please see COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) which helps to provide some guidance and reassurance.
Sadly we are aware of several COVID-19 related scams.
Be wary of people offering or selling the following:
- Virus testing kits – these are offered by the NHS free of charge if you have symptoms
- Products that claim to protect you from vaccine side effects - use your usual pain relief, if needed
- Shopping services that take your money upfront – while there are groups of volunteers who are offering to do shopping for those who are self-isolating, they are a small number of people who may collect this money and not return
- Home cleaning services – the council do not need to enter your house to deep clean the property
Be wary of emails, texts, telephone calls and messages via social media that offer refunds on taxes or bills and ask for your bank details. Remember that your bank will never ask for your bank details over the phone or over email.
There have also been recent reports of mobile phone apps which claim to provide updates on the virus but can instead lock your device and demand a ransom for access. Stick to trusted sources such as Gov.uk and NHS.uk, as well as trusted news websites, for updates.
Top tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam:
- Be sceptical – don’t be afraid to hang up or shut the door if something doesn’t feel right
- Take your time – don’t feel rushed or pressurised into making a decision
- Check with your family or friends if you’re unsure whether something is genuine
- Only make purchases from trusted retailers
- Protect your financial information – don’t give your bank card or PIN number to a stranger and remember that the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone
You can report a scam at www.actionfraud.police.uk
Organ Donor Register Changes
Organ donation law in England has changed. For information, facts about common misconceptions around organ donation and funeral arrangements, faith and beliefs, visit Home - NHS Organ Donation.
You can also learn more about the different types of donation, find information and support to help you decide whether you wish to donate and register your decision.
From whipping up tasty meals to finding easy ways to exercise and quit smoking, the NHS has apps and tools to help you take control of your health. Plus, find the free apps recommended to help you stress less, handle anxiety and lift your mood.
Visit Apps | One You (www.nhs.uk) for information about the apps and for online quizzes, tests and tools.
Rail to Refuge
Women fleeing domestic abuse can now access free train travel to refuge accommodation, through Women's Aid's new 'Rail to Refuge' scheme, supported by Southeastern and Great Western Railways.
If you are a survivor who would like to access the Rail to Refuge scheme please contact the Women's Aid Live Chat service. Their trained support workers will be able to advise you.
Women escaping domestic abuse are usually advised to seek refuge services far away from their perpetrator but, for many women, raising the cash to pay for a train ticket can be very difficult. This is especially true for women experiencing economic abuse who may have no access to cash.
Women's Aid is working with Southeastern and Great Western Railways to remove this barrier and offer free train travel for women seeking refuge services. Member services of Women's Aid, Imkaan and Welsh Women's Aid will be able to obtain free tickets through bespoke booking service, for journeys within the the Southeastern and Great Western Railway networks, which includes South Wales, Kent and London.
You can read more about the scheme here.
Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
Free home security and online safety advice for people aged 60+ (or 18+ with a registered disability) living in Wiltshire.
Home Security 01380 861155
Online Safety 01380 861191
Or visit their website: www.wiltshirebobbyvan.org.uk