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Issued: 09 October 2020
Getting the flu vaccine in West Lothian
People living across West Lothian who are eligible for the free flu vaccine are being urged to take up the offer to protect themselves and others this winter.
Now, even more people than before qualify for a free flu jab. As well as over 65s, pregnant people and those at risk due to existing health conditions, this year unpaid carers and those who lived with people who shielded during lockdown are also urged to get vaccinated.
Adults over 65 and those with an eligible health condition will have received a letter with details of how to make an appointment. If you have not received a letter but believe you should have, visit the NHS Inform website to get in touch. Pregnant women, unpaid carers and household members of those shielding should also visit NHS Inform for details of how to get vaccinated.
Allister Short, Director of the West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership said:
“Flu is serious and with COVID-19 still circulating in the community there is increased risk to life if you are ill with both viruses simultaneously. It’s important that we all play our part to keep ourselves as healthy as possible over the winter months. Flu vaccination is a big part of that.”
Strict infection prevention and control measures will be in place for anyone getting a vaccine. People should attend on their own, if they do not require assistance, and wear loose sleeved clothing, underneath jackets and coats, if possible. People are also being reminded to wear a face covering and observe social distancing while travelling.
Pat Wynne, Nurse Director, Primary and Community Care, added:
“This year it’s more important than ever that everyone who is eligible gets their free flu vaccine as early as possible. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you, your family and the community from contracting and spreading flu, especially if you have a health condition. Anyone who is not sure if they are eligible or where to get their vaccine should visit NHS Inform.”
More information on eligibility and how to make an appointment in West Lothian is available at NHS Inform or call 0800 22 44 88 where an NHS 24 call handler can assist.
For more information please contact:
Lynne Ziarelli, Communications Manager, NHS Lothian, 07958 742 526
Notes to editors:
Health care workers and front-line social care workers will be given details of how they can receive the vaccine by their employers.
Pregnant women, young and unpaid carers and household members of those shielding are invited to visit (nhsinform.scot/campaigns/flu-is-serious) – or call 0800 22 44 88 for information on how to make an appointment.
Local children services will offer vaccinations for children aged 2-5 years old and health teams will continue to offer vaccinations for children at primary schools.
Vaccine arrangements will be made for people living in care homes or receiving care at home.
The flu vaccination programme will run from early October through to February next year.
The following groups are eligible for the free flu vaccine:
Anyone aged 65 and over (by 31 March 2021)
Those over 6 months of age with a medical condition which puts them in an ‘at risk’ group such as diabetes, cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, heart and lung diseases, autoimmune disorders or sickle cell disease
Family members living in the same household as those who have previously been shielding from COVID-19
Pregnant women (including those with ‘at risk’ conditions)
Primary school children
Children aged 2-5 years (children must be aged 2 years or above from 1st September and not yet in school)
NHS Scotland health and social care workers
Social care workers
Young and unpaid carers
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It takes minutes to administer and is effective after 10 days
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PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT:
The Dial-A-Bus services (which take people with mobility challenges to local shopping centres / supermarkets) are sadly suspended at this time.
The Dial-A-Ride service (which takes people with mobility challenges to any destination of their choice) is running a limited service during the current Covid 19 situation. They are still taking passengers with mobility challenges to essential medical appointments. They will, wherever possible, provide other supported travel within government guidelines. For example if an elderly person or someone with a disability needs to attend a funeral we will try to support these requests.
WEST LOTHIAN FOOD TRAIN
If anyone aged 65 or older (50-65) is struggling to get out to the supermarket or is finding it difficult to get an online slot, then West Lothian Food Train can help. Please contact them on
01506 413013or email for assistance.
RECYCLING CENTRES OPEN FROM 1ST JUNE 2020
They have remained closed due to restrictions on non-essential travel which have been in place across the country throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
All five centres - Oakbank (Livingston), Whitburn, Linlithgow, Broxburn and Blackburn - will re-open from Monday 1 June.
All centres will open 7 days a week, 10am – 6pm.
Members of the public are being advised to expect changes at centres to ensure they comply with social distancing guidelines and operate safely for both staff and customers.
Queuing is likely at times and customers can expect to have to wait to gain access. If customers do not have an urgent need to dispose of items, they are being advised to hold off visiting the sites initially to avoid queues.
Only cars will be allowed access to Recycling Centres, with no trailers or vans allowed at this stage. This is in line with national guidance and is aimed at reducing congestion.
There will also be changes to the site layouts and drop off process. A limited number of parking bays will be available at each Recycling Centre and staff will be on hand to direct customers when they enter. Each bay provides access to a bagged waste skip and a bulky waste skip. Customers will be asked to remain in their vehicle until they are directed to a parking bay and will not be able to leave their bay as the rest of the site is closed.
Customers must ensure that they maintain a 2 metre distance from others at all times.
Staff will not be able to help unload vehicles so if customers require assistance to dispose of waste in skips, they should bring someone from their own household with them.
Licencing requirements prevent the council from accepting electrical items, gas bottles, tyres, asbestos or liquids (such as paint and oil) at this time.
A BIG THANK YOU TO........
Sandy and Yvonne of Klondyke Garden Centre for their generous donations of plants and bulbs for the Memorial Garden and village planters. This is greatly appreciated as a lovely gesture to keep Dechmont smiling!
NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING PROGRAMME FOR CORONA VIRUS
Published: 30 Mar 2020 00:01
Campaign launched for those able to give support.
A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encourage people to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
While the most important ask for the public remains to stay at home and follow the essential public health guidance, people who are healthy and not at risk can volunteer to provide practical or emotional help to those most in need.
Those wanting to volunteer to support their communities have three options which are signposted from the Ready Scotland website:
• returning NHS workers will be directed to existing voluntary arrangements in NHS Scotland
• people wishing to offer their support to our public services, including the NHS and local authorities, will be directed to a site co-ordinated by the British Red Cross
• those looking for opportunities with other charities or community groups in their area will be directed to Volunteer Scotland for information
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:
“We know there are a huge number of people who are already volunteering and many more with a desire to help their communities, public services and voluntary organisations. And for that we are incredibly grateful.
“This site means that those who are able to can contribute in a way which makes a real difference. It helps people to help each other, as we all get through this together.”
Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People Shirley-Anne Somerville said:
“The Scottish Government is working closely with local government and a range of partners to co-ordinate the volunteering effort across Scotland.
“By providing this national portal we will be able to connect people to where their contribution is most needed in their local community, ensuring everyone can play their part in helping Scotland come through this pandemic.
“For some, that may involve roles responding to specific needs in health and social care. For others, it may be that we draw on their skills, enthusiasm and energy in the weeks and months to come.
“It is important to remember that the most helpful thing many of us can continue to do to help the NHS is to stay at home and follow all COVID-19 guidance.”
Volunteers who want to support their communities should visit www.ReadyScotland.org to find out how they can help.
The website is being constantly updated and provides advice on volunteering safely and the organisations to register an interest with such as Volunteer Scotland and the Red Cross.
Businesses who can offer support should email email@example.com
In line with Scotland’s current stay at home rules the public can only volunteer to carry out tasks which involve leaving their home, once a day, if you are not required to be isolating and are not in any risk categories.
Please check the latest advice at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
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