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Woodbridge: Covid Vaccine Update

 Coronavirus vaccinations should be starting in  bulk in Woodbridge from this coming Monday, 11 January. They will be delivered 8am-8pm Mon – Sun over the next months, supplies permitting, to  residents in order of priority

It will be the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

𝗗𝗼𝗻’𝘁 call your surgery to ask when you are due: they 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 contact you.

The priority will be:

1 𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 ℎ𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑙𝑑𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑑𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑠 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑟𝑠
2 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 80 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑠𝑜𝑐𝑖𝑎𝑙 𝑐𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑒𝑟𝑠
3 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 75 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟
4 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 70 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑒𝑥𝑡𝑟𝑒𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑣𝑢𝑙𝑛𝑒𝑟𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑠
5 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 65 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟
6 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑑𝑢𝑎𝑙𝑠 𝑎𝑔𝑒𝑑 16 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 64 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑙𝑡ℎ 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑝𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚 𝑎𝑡 ℎ𝑖𝑔ℎ𝑒𝑟 𝑟𝑖𝑠𝑘 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑜𝑟𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑦
7 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 60 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟
8 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 55 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟
9 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 50 𝑦𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑣𝑒𝑟

 It will, apparently, save a lot of time if you have your NHS number with you when you attend. (Don’t ring your surgery to ask: it should be on any NHS letter or prescription you have)

Want to find out what is the up-to-date Covid situation in Woodbridge, (or any other parish)? Go to the  Government dashboard at https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/?_ga=2.74176852.759950160.1610067471-1718285161.1597297882

and put your postcode in the relevant box!

Forget Carers Week – nobody cares

Last week  – National Carers Week – passed with even less than its usual muted tootle.

Not sure why. The pandemic has meant that unpaid carers are busier, lonelier, more stressed, less supported  than ever. Maybe everyone was clapped out for the ‘real’ carers – you know, the ones we pay.

Carers Week is generally when those lucky enough not to be carers briefly acknowledge their plight, and then forget it again. This year we didn’t even bother to remember.  The official hashtag #carersweek is matched by the unofficial #realcarersweek. Have a look: it is very illuminating. I’ve spent twenty years watching paint dry when it comes to raising awareness of the very existence of unpaid carers and their lives. It’s dispiriting.

Putting national apathy aside  (and it was total)  all I can imagine is that everybody in Britain  – including our Prime Minister – is unaware of the void of difference between care workers (staunch, hardworking, poorly paid – but, crucially, paid) and unpaid carers, whose invisible lives are defined by high levels of ill-health (both physical and mental), poverty, stress and isolation. Carers are seven times more likely to be really lonely compared with the general public.  Carers are in effect slaves, held hostage by love, saving the state billions. Many work 24/7 without a break for months, maybe years at a time. Unpaid carers have no pay, no sick leave (let alone sick pay), no holiday (let alone holiday pay), no employers pension contributions

Suffolk doesn’t even know how many unpaid carers it has – old couples locked behind doors, children worried sick that a parent may be collapsed when they get home, a sibling trying to keep a family  member safe.

We do know that we have about 100,000 of them, because unpaid carers make up 13% of the population.

This year, lockdown gave everyone a sudden taste of being shut up involuntarily, unable to get out, unable to contact friends, losing livelihoods, careers, opportunities, very stressed, very concerned, very worried. And, like becoming a carer, it happened in a flash.

I am calling on the people of Suffolk – and those who represent them – to think what it would be like being locked down for life – for love. Without all the food parcels, the zoom quizzes, the sudden support networks and all the initiatives that are on offer now that sudden loss of of so much has hit the zeitgeist.

Clap for the carers? “Oh, of course  we mean you you too.” Clap for no pay, no sick leave, no holiday, no work-related pension, no union representation – because you only work. You are not counted as workers.

Are the carers charities  finally going to lobby to make real improvements to unpaid carers lives?  Lobby for pay, sick leave, holiday entitlement, work-related pension contributions (because, sure as hell, carers work their socks off)? £67 Carers Allowance for the few, and a dismissive pat on the head for all is simply not enough!

This is the time to admit to and take responsibility for those hidden 100,000, many of whom – appallingly – we still can’t identify, still living lives of quiet desperation behind closed doors, whether the lockdown eases or not.

And having -finally – taken responsibility for them, we must be morally obliged to do something to make their lives better.

Woodbridge: Covid19 Support

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, please stay at home, and protect yourself, your community and the NHS. It’s a no brainer.

In Woodbridge, the Emergency Response Group  01394 383599 or email emergency@woodbridge-suffolk.gov.uk  – as well as many local businesses  -can support you to stay at home.

You can ring the WERG number for assistance, or to volunteer.

Woodbridge Emergency Volunteer vest

Please note,  the Woodbridge Emergency Response Group are volunteers, they do not charge for their help,  and they generally can be recognised by these vests

Unfortunately, while a crisis can bring out the best in most people, it does bring a few snakes out of the long grass.

Suffolk Trading Standards is warning you to beware of these coronavirus scams below. (In addition, whether you are a person or a busines,  take no notice of  texts  or phone calls directly offering you government or NHS money. These are scams too.)