Update from Steve Maddern, Director of Public Health
The NHS is operating a walk-in vaccination clinic at the STEAM Museum in Swindon tomorrow (Saturday, 17 July) between 9am - 2pm. It operates on a first come, first served basis, administering first and second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.
On Sunday (18 July), the vaccine bus will be at the County Ground in Swindon with staff administering the AstraZeneca vaccination. Those aged 40 and over can receive their first or second dose as long as they do not have an appointment booked already.
Getting both doses of the vaccine, as soon as you have the opportunity, is the best thing you can do to protect yourself and others.
Unfortunately COVID-19 cases in Swindon and across England are increasing rapidly and the third wave, forecast by the Government, is underway. The Great Western Hospital has also seen a rise in COVID-19 patients in recent days.
Cases will continue to rise as restrictions are eased from next Monday (19 July). Hospitalisations, serious illness and deaths will also continue, albeit thankfully at a much lower level than before the vaccination programme.
Although many of the legal restrictions that the Government has imposed through the pandemic will be lifted at Step 4, please make sure you’re familiar with the new guidance to protect yourself and others. This includes:
wearing face coverings in crowded and enclosed areas will be recommended and expected
limiting the close contact you have with those you do not live with, and increasing contact gradually
Now we are in the third wave, it’s up to all of us to act carefully and cautiously.
Latest COVID-19 case rate data
From 6-12 July, there were 626 new COVID-19 cases in Swindon, up from 395 the previous week.
As of today (16 July), the COVID-19 case rate in Swindon is 281 per 100k, up from 177 last Friday. The South West average is 319 per 100k and 374 per 100k for England.
Latest vaccine data
A further 2,536 residents had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, bringing the total number of people aged 18 and over vaccinated with the first dose to 155,842 (81.6%).
2,516 residents had their second dose this week, bringing the total number of Swindon residents aged 18 and over who are fully vaccinated to 111,494 (58.4%).
Changes to restrictions from 19 July
From Monday (19 July), the Government will remove the final restrictions on social contact, life events and open the remaining closed businesses and venues. Legal restrictions on how many people can meet indoors or outdoors, the legal requirement to wear a face covering, and social distancing will also be removed.
You might feel nervous or anxious about restrictions being eased, but that is to be expected. It’s important we all do what we’re comfortable with, while following the key pieces of guidance to help keep ourselves and others safe. Please make sure that you fully understand:
Earlier this week Steve Maddern hosted a Q&A where he answered your questions about moving to Step 4 of the roadmap. You can watch the video on Facebook or on YouTube.
Ways to get your COVID-19 vaccine
The vaccination bus will be at Redhouse Village Centre, opposite Tesco from 9am-6pm tomorrow (17 July) and the County Ground from 10am-4pm on Sunday (18 July). The bus will be administering the AstraZeneca vaccination and is for people aged 40 and over to receive their first or second dose (after eight weeks of their first dose) who cannot access a vaccination site.
The vaccination bus will also be outside the Tented Market, West Swindon Asda and the County Ground in August. More details can be found here.
STEAM will be hosting a walk-in Pfizer clinic tomorrow (17 July) from 9am-2pm. This is for anyone aged 18 and over who hasn't had their first dose yet or had their first dose over eight weeks ago.
Great Western Hospital will be hosting a number of walk-in clinics this weekend. Saturday, 17 July and Sunday, 18 July from 7:30am-5pm (Pfizer vaccines) and Monday, 19 July from 8:30am-5pm for both Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.
You can also book and manage your COVID-19 vaccination on the NHS website
This summer, over 5,000 children across Swindon will be eligible for the Holiday Activities and Food programme, providing access to nutritional meals and fun, engaging activities at local holiday clubs. Check the eligibility criteria and sign up by 21 July.
Bees are one of nature’s most essential workers and play a vital role in helping plants grow, breed and produce food. Sadly, wild bees and other pollinators are in decline, but there are five easy things each of us can do to help our pollinators thrive:
grow more flowers, shrubs and trees
let your garden grow wild
cut your grass less often
don’t disturb insect nest and hibernation spots
think carefully about whether to use pesticides
Other council news
Over 4,000 slots a week are available for residents to pre-book if they want to use the Household Waste Recycling Centre at Cheney Manor. Restrictions on the number of visits you can make in a month have been removed and you can also cancel or amend your booking on our website.