Community Action MK are working with partners and the community to ensure residents across Milton Keynes are supported throughout this challenging time. We are working to provide strategic help to groups in response to arising challenges as a result of Covid-19.
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Latest news and updates
The following changes have been announced:
- Mandatory Covid passports for entering nightclubs and large events to end, though organisations can choose to use the NHS Covid pass if they wished
- People would no longer be advised to work from home and should discuss their return to offices with employers
- Face masks will no longer be mandated, though people are still advised to wear coverings in enclosed or crowded spaces and when meeting strangers
- Secondary school pupils will no longer have to wear face masks in classrooms and communal areas.
Children – update on the vaccinations for 5-11 year olds
The NHS is planning to offer the vaccine to 5-11 year olds who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone who is immunosuppressed this month. This follows extensive assessment of the risks and benefits of vaccinations for 5 to 11 year olds, including analysis of clinical trial results and real-world international data, and leading to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) updating its advice for this age group. Children aged 5 to 11, who are in a clinical risk group or who are a household contact of someone (of any age) who is immunosuppressed, will be offered a primary course of vaccination.. Further advice regarding COVID-19 vaccination for other 5 to 11 year olds will be issued in due course following consideration of additional data relevant to this age group, and on the Omicron variant more broadly.
New cohorts – children aged 12-15 CEV and 16/17 boosters
The NHS is also this week inviting eligible 16- and 17-year-olds to get their booster as well as those at risk between 12 and 15. The NHS walk-in finder has been updated to signpost to booster offers for eligible 12 to 15-year-olds at available sites. Children wanting to get their top-up jab at a walk-in site will need to confirm eligibility with an invitation letter from the NHS or their GP or hospital consultant.
Useful links and information
NHS colleagues are asking all organisations to help spread the message that it is still not too late to get vaccinated. ‘The health service continues to deliver the evergreen offer of two initial doses, vaccines for under 18s and third doses for the immunosuppressed alongside the booster programme.’ You can book an appointment here. Details of walk-in centres here.
Below you can find information about volunteering, resources for communities and resources for groups:
Find our what is happening in your area during the Covid-19 pandemic and what you can do to support your community.
We have put together a list of signposts, made up of VCSE groups and organisations (both locally and nationally), which describes adaptations services and support due to Covid-19 and what they are doing now. They are categorised and contact details for each organisation are provided. Click on the title above to access the formal signposting channels.
Click each hashtag below to learn more about each campaign.
We have complied a list of local and national funding streams related to helping VCSE organisations recover from the affects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as a list of comprehensive resources and others sites that may have relevant information related to Covid-19 funding. Click the title above to find out more.