Further information can be found at: Coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who does it affect?

  • Residents and businesses within the district
  • Chichester District Council staff and councillors
  • Parish councils
  • Community groups and charitable organisations

In this briefing

  • Latest update
  • Service status
  • Vaccination programme in the Chichester District
  • Moderna vaccine approval
  • Government publishes vaccine delivery plan
  • Action Fraud: Vaccines
  • Community Testing Programme
  • Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Visiting arrangements in care homes and for visiting out of the care home
  • Business grants
  • New community guide and 'look out for your neighbour' scheme
  • Support for the vulnerable
  • Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents
  • Guidance on working from home
  • Guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings
  • Guidance for landlords and tenants
  • Mandatory coronavirus testing introduced to bolster border measures
  • Reminder about changes to refuse and recycling collections until 18 January
  • Hands, Face, Space
  • Share this newsletter with a friend

Latest update

We need to continue to stay home; protect the NHS; and save lives. In line with the national lockdown, we must stay indoors other than for limited exceptions - such as essential medical needs, food shopping, exercise and work that cannot be done at home. For the very latest advice on restrictions, please visit the  Government website .

The vaccine continues to be rolled out across the country. Locally, four GP-led vaccination hubs have been allocated to support the residents of Chichester District. The NHS has created a detailed brief on the status of the vaccine programme in the Chichester District: pdf icon COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Chichester District [409kb].

This explains the different ways in which the vaccination programme is being delivered and the process the NHS has had to follow. More information on the vaccine programme in our district can be found below.

Service status

The majority of our services are currently operating as usual, although our leisure centres, which are run in partnership with Everyone Active, and our Novium Museum and Tourist Information Centre, are currently closed in line with the national lockdown. An update on our services can be found at:
Service status.

Vaccination programme in the Chichester District

We have received lots of questions and comments about the vaccination sites within the district and have worked with our NHS colleagues to provide an update on the situation.

It is worth reading: pdf icon COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Chichester District [409kb], which explains the different ways in which the vaccination programme is being delivered and how sites have been chosen. It covers all of the key questions that people are asking.

Our Leader, Cllr Eileen Lintill, has also met with the CEO of the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups who is leading the rollout of vaccinations in Sussex and she has provided an updated in her weekly district dispatch.

The NHS recognises that some people may find it difficult to travel to some of the vaccination sites, particularly those who are vulnerable, and it is looking at how they can be supported to receive their vaccine in the safest possible way.

Our NHS colleagues have created a video to explain when people will get their jabs, and further information about 'when will I get my jab?' can also be found on the  Sussex Health and Care website .

The NHS has also produced some wider FAQs and contact information, which can be found here: Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme FAQs .

We recognise that a lot of people are very anxious about this and so we are keen to share updates from our NHS colleagues with you so that you can continue to be informed of their progress. What is really important to remember is that the NHS will be in touch with you when it's your turn to be vaccinated. Please don't phone your GP surgery.

Moderna becomes third vaccine approved by UK regulator

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has authorised the third coronavirus vaccine for the UK, developed by Moderna. You can find the announcement on the  Government website .

Government publishes vaccines delivery plan

The Government has published the UK COVID-19 vaccines delivery plan . This sets out how the Government will work with the NHS, devolved administrations, local councils and the armed forces to deliver the vaccination programme. The plan is for two million vaccinations to take place per week with over 2,700 vaccine sites across the UK.

More information can be found on the  Government website .

Action Fraud: Vaccines

Action Fraud is warning the public to remain vigilant as criminals begin to take advantage of the roll out of the coronavirus vaccine to commit fraud on the  Action Fraud website . They have put together a list of facts and advice to help people spot false information:

  • The vaccine is free of charge.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
  • If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk
  • If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible online or by calling 0300 123 2040.
  • Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge

Community Testing Programme

As part of the new Community Testing Programme which is being rolled out nationally, West Sussex County Council is looking locally at opportunities to provide Lateral Flow Tests to key workers as recommended by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). They have started work with a Local Support Team allocated to them by Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and are working to establish processes and complete their formal request for tests for approval by DHSC. As part of this West Sussex County Council is identifying organisations, functions and professional groups where there is potential for the use of Lateral Flow Tests. Once this work is complete, they will be in contact with partners regarding the next steps for action.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable

The Government has updated guidance  on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable.

This shielding guidance applies to clinically extremely vulnerable individuals only. Others living in a household with someone who is clinically extremely vulnerable are not advised to follow this guidance. They should instead follow the general advice and regulations set out in the national lockdown guidance .

The Government has also published a reference-only version of the letter from the Government to people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Visiting arrangements in care homes and for visiting out of the care home

The Government has updated the guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes and for visits out of the care home, to reflect the new national restrictions.

Business grants

We have just received the full details around the Government's new financial support for businesses affected by the current national restrictions, and we are working hard to set up applications so that we can issue this support to eligible businesses as soon as possible.

This new Government support includes one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses that are required to close during the current lockdown - these grants are worth up to £9,000 per property. Further Government funding is also being issued to help councils support businesses that are being impacted by the restrictions but that are not eligible for the grant. Eligible district businesses will be able to apply for this support on our website later this week. Please visit Coronavirus support for businesses for further information and to apply for this support once the schemes are live. We will also provide updates in future newsletters, and on our social media channels.

We currently have a range of business grants available for district businesses that were affected by the second national lockdown in November 2020 and last year's local tier restrictions. If you own a business, you can find out if you are eligible and apply for all of the currently available grants here: Coronavirus support for businesses.

We're also reminding businesses that we are still issuing our business recovery grants: .

New community guide and 'look out for your neighbour' scheme

We have updated our pdf icon Supporting your local communities guide - Coronavirus (COVID-19) [672kb], which provides lots of useful information, including vital contact numbers, email addresses and web addresses to help you and others access a variety of support easily and quickly.

We have also created a 'look out for your neighbour' scheme to help provide people with some guidance and materials on how to safely offer support to others who need it. You can find more information at: Help Your Neighbour, where you can download and print a flyer that can be posted through the doors of your neighbours to offer support and give them advice on safe ways to accept help.

Support for the vulnerable

We are continuing to work in partnership with West Sussex County Council to support those who are most at risk. You can contact the Community Hub if you, or someone you know, need help in these difficult times. If you have support in place, please continue to use it. You can contact the Community Hub on 033 022 27980 or online .

Chichester Wellbeing offers free, friendly advice to residents

Chichester District residents (and those who work in the district) can access a range of free online and telephone support from Chichester Wellbeing to help improve their health and wellbeing including emotional wellbeing, healthy eating, exercise, stopping smoking and alcohol reduction. Find out more at: latest news.

Guidance on working from home

Under the new national lockdown guidance, people may only leave their home for work if they cannot reasonably work from home. Employers should continue to discuss their working arrangements with employees, and take every possible step to facilitate them working from home. Where people cannot reasonably work from home, employees should continue to travel to their workplace avoiding busy times and routes on public transport wherever possible.

This includes, but is not limited to, people who work in: critical national infrastructure; childcare or education, essential public services e.g. waste and recycling collections; construction; and manufacturing. For those who cannot reasonably work from home, or work in settings where some face-to-face contact is required, there is detailed guidance on how to do so safely and in a COVID-19 Secure way. Working safely guidance can be found on the  Government website .

Guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic

The Government has updated the guidance  on the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic.

This includes amendments to reflect the national lockdown regulations and updates to guidance on singing, chanting and the use of musical instruments.

Guidance for landlords and tenants

The Government has updated guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors. This includes information to reflect the new national restrictions and the extension of measures to prevent the enforcement of evictions in England and Wales, and to provide information about how these operate.

Mandatory coronavirus testing introduced to bolster border measures

The Transport Secretary has announced that inbound passengers arriving by boat, plane or train will have to take a coronavirus test up to 72 hours before departing the country they are in. In addition, all passengers arriving from countries not on the Government's travel corridor list will still be required to self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of the test result. Passengers will also still be required to fill in a passenger locator form and will be subject to national lockdown restrictions. You can find the announcement on the Government website .

Reminder about changes to refuse and recycling collections until 18 January

If you haven't already, please check any changes to your waste and recycling collections following the festive period. Collections will return to normal from 18 January. You can find out more at: latest news.

Please remember that you can also download your own personalised waste and recycling collection calendar.

Hands, face, space

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it. Remember - 'Hands. Face. Space.'

  • Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover face: wear a face covering in enclosed spaces, and
  • Make space: stay at least two metres apart - or one metre with a face covering or other precautions.

You can find more information on what you need to do at Coronavirus (COVID-19) while the very latest government advice is available at Gov.uk - Coronavirus .

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