On Monday (21 June), there were a small number of changes made to the current restrictions around weddings, commemorative services, pilot events, care home visits and domestic residential visits for children. All other step 3 restrictions remain in place until 19 July, make sure you know what you can and cannot do.
Everyone over the age of 18 can now book their COVID-19 vaccine. As of this week, over 100,000 residents have had both doses. This means that 41% of adults in the Borough are now far less likely to get COVID-19 with symptoms, are even more unlikely to get serious COVID-19, be admitted to hospital, or to die from the virus.
It’s important we all remember that you can still catch and spread COVID-19 even if you’ve had both doses of the jab. That is why we all need to keep following the Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air guidelines, access testing regularly and self-isolate if symptoms develop or if we're contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
Latest COVID-19 case rate data
From 15-21 June, there were 131 new COVID-19 cases in Swindon, up from 108 the previous week.
As of today (25 June), the COVID-19 case rate in Swindon is 59 per 100k, up from 49 last Friday. The South West average is 96 per 100k and 112 per 100k for England.
Latest vaccine data
A further 9,485 residents had their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, bringing the total number of people who have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to 142,742 (58.3%).
1,847 residents had their second dose this week, bringing the total number of residents fully vaccinated to 100,465 (41.1%).
Malta, Madeira, the Balearic Islands, several UK overseas territories, and Caribbean islands, including Barbados have been added to the Government’s green list for travel.
The £500 Test and Trace support payments for those on a low income, who are unable to work from home and will lose income because of self-isolation, has been extended until 30 September.
If you've been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from two days before, up to 10 days after their positive result, you'll be contacted by Test and Trace and told to self-isolate.
We urgently need more local heroes who are willing to volunteer at the STEAM vaccination centre over the next few months. If you can spare a few hours, a few days or even a few weeks we'd love to hear from you.
Priory Vale by-election results
The results for the Priory Vale by-election which took place yesterday (24 June) are as follows:
Kate Tomlinson, (Conservative) 1,139 ELECTED
Ian Edwards, (Labour) 508
Joseph Polson, (Lib Dem) 102
Stephen Litchfield, (Green) 83
Elena Mari, (Independent) 47
The turnout for the by-election was 22 per cent.
Jobs and Employment opportunities
The National Careers Service are hosting a free to attend, virtual job fair next Wednesday (30 June) from 10-11am and 5-6pm.
If your child is out of education and needs support and guidance on taking the next steps in their career, sign them up to the Learn Live broadcast on 7 July.