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Coronavirus Update - Friday 26 November 2021

Latest pandemic guidance
Covid rates are rising nationally but the vaccine appears to be doing its job and preventing a sharper increase like the one seen last winter. 
 
If we are to keep the virus numbers heading down, we must follow the government guidance. Click here for some practical tips on how to prevent the spread - and save Christmas!
 
Remember, if you have any symptoms, you must get tested.  Click here for a free Covid-19 test.
 
A booster vaccine dose is still being offered to people most at risk.
 
If you haven’t been vaccinated at all, you can still find your nearest pop-up vaccination clinic by clicking here.
 
For the latest updates, please keep an eye on: gov.uk/coronavirus
 
 
Facemasks are back for PCH staff
To help stop the spread, we’ve asked that staff wear face coverings when:

 

  • They arrive at a resident’s home – they may remove the face covering when working in a separate room in agreement with residents
  • They are moving around PCH buildings
  • They are sharing vehicles with other people

 

Staff do not need to wear face coverings when working outdoors or alone/at a social distance.
Our contractors will be responsible for following their own Covid guidance.
 
Vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod
A candlelit vigil is to be held today after a body was found near Bovisand in relation to the tragic disappearance of Bobbi-Anne.
 
The vigil will take place at 6pm today on The Hoe, next to the lighthouse. 
 
A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder in connection to the disappearance of the 18-year-old.
 
Zero tolerance for domestic abuse
PCH are standing alongside other organisations in signing the 16 days of action pledge against domestic abuse. 
 
Domestic abuse can take many different forms. The lockdown has caused a spike in domestic abuse cases. We need to be able to spot the signs and offer help and support to those in need.
 
Support and information can be found on our website: https://crowd.in/vPVdDK
 
 
You could be a flu fighter . . . 
Those who are eligible are still being encouraged to have their winter flu jab. 
To find out if that’s you and for other information on winter flu, please click here.
 
Broadly speaking, those can have the flu vaccine are:
 
  • 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers