Coronavirus Information (COVID-19)

CCC's Response & Support

To combat COVID-19, we have issued a wide-range of information that outlines our response to the pandemic as a Council and provides you with the latest government guidance to support you through the pandemic.

If you need additional help, you can download this flyer which details how Coventry City Council can support you.


Roadmap out of Lockdown

In February 2021, Boris Johnson published the government’s four step plan to easing restrictions across England and bringing normality back to everyday life.

The success of the vaccination programme is one factor – so far 82.6 million people have had their jabs, of which 36.2 million (54.4% of the population) have been fully vaccinated, with the rest receiving their first jabs. The public has also continued to play their part in helping to curb the spread of the virus: by obeying the law; staying at home; getting tested when needed; isolating when required, and following the ‘hands, face, space’ and ‘letting fresh air in’ guidance.

The government’s four stage plan is set out like so:

Step 1: 8th-29th March

Step 2: Not before 12th April

Step 3: Not before 17th May

Step 4: Not before 21st June

Only when the government believe it is safe to do so, shall we move from one step to the next. In implementing these steps, we will be guided by data, not dates, so that we do not risk a surge of infections and put unsustainable pressure on our NHS. To read the government’s COVID-19 response in full, click here.

To read about current restrictions – which detail what you can and can’t do, click here.


Keeping Yourself and Others Safe

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. Read guidance on face coverings.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable

If you’re classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you are no longer advised to shield. However, you should continue to follow the guidance for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and are advised to continue taking extra precautions to protect yourself, such as limiting close contacts, shopping or travelling at quieter times of the day, keeping rooms ventilated and washing your hands regularly. Your employer is required to take steps to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace.

If you have been vaccinated against COVID-19

To help protect yourself and your friends, family, and community you should continue to follow all of the guidance on this page, even if you’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19.

The vaccines have been shown to reduce the likelihood of severe illness in most people. Like all medicines, no vaccine is completely effective, so those who have received the vaccine should continue to take recommended precautions to avoid infection.

Whilst emerging evidence suggests vaccines are having an impact on transmission, we do not know by how much the vaccine stops COVID-19 from spreading. Even if you have been vaccinated, you could still spread COVID-19 to others, even if you do not display symptoms.


Getting Tested

Rapid Lateral Flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.

Find out more about how to get rapid lateral flow tests

Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you.

If you have symptoms you should continue to get a PCR test. The new local recommendation is that there should be PCR testing of all close contacts of cases of COVID-19 (whether the case is a variant or not). Close contacts need to continue to isolate for the full 10 day period even if this PCR test is negative. If close contacts test positive, they will need to start isolation again from the date of the positive test. Those close contacts who have tested positive in the previous 90 days need not test again (unless have symptoms or some other extenuating circumstances).

If you’re not sure, you can find out which coronavirus test you should get.

In the case you have possible or confirmed symptoms, you must adhere to guidance published by the government.

You must self isolate if you test positive. Do not meet up with others and follow the stay at home guidance.

Coventry’s community vaccinations centre’s are changing, to find out which are closing and where the new one’s will be, click here.

If you’ve had your first vaccination from either the Coventry Muslim Resource Centre on the 10th and 11th of April or the Foleshill Family Hub on the 17th and 18th of April, this poster will detail how you can receive your second vaccination from Foleshill Family Hub on the 19th of June.


Education

Some young people may be eligible to receive digital devices and Internet access to support remote learning.

This includes:

  • Care leavers
  • Children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
  • Disadvantaged year 10 pupils

People aged 16 to 19 without a suitable device for education will be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. Those offering 16 to 19 education should visit the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to find out about eligibility for relevant funding and support.

For more information and to apply for digital devices and/or Internet access, please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-help-with-technology-for-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19#who-is-eligible-to-receive-digital-devices-and-internet-access

Free School Meals

During this time, the Government has extended its Free School Meals provision to some children with families that have no recourse to public funds (NRPF)

The categories that might be eligible are:

  • Children of ‘Zambrano Carers’
  • Children of families granted leave to remain under Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights
  • Children of families are supported under Section 17 Children Act 1989 and that have No Recourse to Public Funds
  • Children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Please click here for more advice on eligibility and guidance on how to apply.

Routine Vaccinations 

Vaccination is the most important thing we can do to protect ourselves and our children against ill health. They prevent up to 3 million deaths worldwide every year.

Since vaccines were introduced in the UK, diseases like smallpox, polio and tetanus that used to kill or disable millions of people are either gone or seen very rarely.

Other diseases like measles and diphtheria have been reduced by up to 99.9% since their vaccines were introduced.  However, if people stop having vaccines, infectious diseases may quickly spread again.

Doctors and nurses in Coventry are eager to continue immunisations during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect residents and they want to re-assure people that they have worked hard to keep women and families safe from COVID-19.  Please note that all routine childhood vaccinations are free.

All vaccines are thoroughly tested to make sure they will not harm you or your child.

It often takes many years for a vaccine to make it through the trials and tests it needs to pass for approval.

Speak to your GP practice or your Health Visitor if you’re worried about you or your child having a vaccine.  You can text your Health Visitor on CHAT Health: 07507329114 or through Facebook FB @coventryhealthvisiting

Listen to a Coventry Health Visitor talking about the important of vaccinations her https://youtu.be/FpwiE3kIxcU

Key messages

  • Maintaining your baby’s vaccination schedule is vital to help ensure they are protected against dangerous preventable diseases https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/ https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/nhs-vaccinations-and-when-to-have-them/
  • Children must receive their pre-school booster before entering school; it’s never been more important to protect our school communities from preventable diseases
  • The vaccination programme has not stopped; it has continued to be offered by GP practices throughout the COVID19 crisis
  • It is safe to visit your GP surgery for routine vaccinations, they are taking extra precautions to ensure you remain safe. You can always ring and speak to them if you have any concerns
  • It is important to get routine vaccines on time and every time. Don’t wait until a disease outbreak
  • Protect your NHS and get vaccinated
  • Protect your school and community and get vaccinated

More information

NHS Information on why vaccines are safe and important.

A list of all NHS vaccinations and when to have them can be found here.

For in depth information about all of the vaccinations available please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/

Pork gelatine can be found in the Mumps, Measles and Rubella (MMR) vaccination but there is also an alternative vaccination for MMR that does not contain Port Gelatine.  For more information on this topic, click here.  This leaflet is available in English, Urdu, Bengali and Arabic. The government has also produced a leaflet on the importance on the MMR vaccine in Polish, Romanian and Somali.

A range of information about vaccinations, the importance of vaccinations in a range of languages is available at https://medlineplus.gov/languages/childhoodimmunization.html

Universities and Higher Education

All students are now able to resume in-person teaching and learning. Students should take a test before they travel to a non-term residence.

There is guidance for universities and students starting and returning to higher education.

Students should follow the guidance on how to stop the spread of COVID-19 at all times.


Mental Health Support

Below we have provided a number of links to different organisations that provide advice and support regarding Mental Health during the pandemic. These include:

Doctors of the World

MIND Charity

Anxiety UK

NHS

Research In Practise has created has page that details the support that is available to victims of domestic abuse during COVID-19.


Financial Support

Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help.

See further information on business support and financial support if you’re off work because of coronavirus.

Businesses & Venues

Further venues are permitted to open. You can visit indoor venues in a group of up to 6 people from different households or a larger group of any size from up to 2 households including support bubbles.

COVID-secure rules, including social distancing requirements, continue to apply in the workplace, and in businesses and public venues.

Businesses and venues which can reopen

Indoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including members’ clubs) can reopen. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”). Venues are prohibited from providing smoking equipment such as shisha pipes, for use on the premises.

Indoor entertainment venues such as bingo halls, bowling alleys, and casinos may also reopen, as can indoor parts of outdoor attractions such as theme parks and animal attractions. Outdoor and indoor performance venues such as cinemas and theatres are also permitted to reopen.

Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children are able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances. Indoor play centres and areas may also reopen.

Businesses and venues which must remain closed

To reduce social contact, some businesses, such as nightclubs, must remain closed or follow restrictions on how they provide goods and services.

There is further guidance on restrictions on businesses and venues in England which explains which restrictions we will seek to ease at Step 4, subject to the outcome of the events research programme, social distancing and COVID-status certification reviews.


Translation

This section provides a comphrehensive overview of the following areas in a range of languages. These areas include:

  • Stay at home guidance if you/your household potentially has COVID-19.
  • Guidance on Social Distancing.
  • Guidance on shielding and protecting the extremely vulnerable
  • COVID-19 Advice & Information.
  • COVID-19 advice (video).

The orange button on the top left of your screen is the ‘Browsealoud’ function. By selecting it, you will be able to translate the information on the page into your own preferred language. It will also read aloud the text on the page, all you have to do is highlight the text you want to listen to and the Browsealoud function will automatically read out the selected text. This function can translate the information into multiple languages.


Other Useful Links

Local GP’s and A&E departments are still open during the pandemic. To find out the Do’s and Don’ts of visiting your GP, click here.

Doctors of the World – Advice on COVID-19 in a variety of languages.

The Traveller Movement – A series of resources and supporting information specifically designed for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities.

Research in Practise – Information that details the support and options available to victims of Domestic Abuse during COVID-19.

CRMC ESOL Challenges – CRMC are running English classes everyday during lockdown so that its participants are able to continue to learn while at home.

PYF Employment Hotline – Positive Youth Foundation have opened an employment advice hotline that operates on Monday’s and Friday’s, so that people aged 16-24 can access employment advice on 07958 325426.

CovLibraries – For reading to keep you entertained during lockdown, follow @CovLibraries.