Vaccination Walk-In Weekend

In a significant milestone for the vaccine rollout, adults aged 18 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Birmingham and Solihull have had huge successes over recent weeks with mobile units and walk-in slots, and are holding a big ‘Walk-in Weekend’, this weekend 18-20 June.

A number of ‘Walk-in, no appointment needed’ vaccination clinics have been set up to encourage anyone who is aged between 18-40 to get their vaccine.

This weekend, the Vaccination Centre at Aston Villa Football Club (Villa Park) will play a big part in offering Pfizer vaccines to anyone aged 18-40. The walk-ins begin at 10am and will close at 2pm. People can just turn up, no appointment is needed, people do not need to be registered with a GP, do not need an NHS number and do not need ID to get a vaccination. Second doses of Pfizer will only be given to people who have had their first dose of Pfizer, more than eight weeks ago.

Mobile vaccination clinics open to offer walk-ins this weekend:

  •  Aston Villa Football Club: Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June, 10am to 2pm
  • Norton Hall: Ralph Rd, Saltley, B8 1NA, Saturday 19 June, 10am to 2pm
  • The Khattak Hub: The Memorial Health Centre, 309 Bolton Road, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 0AU, Saturday 19 June, 10am to 2pm

In addition, the vaccination bus will be out on the roads again next week at St Peter’s Church in Hall Green and at Birmingham City Church, details of these and all the Weekend Walk-ins are online here.

Queues are likely at the mobile van and walk-in locations. If you would prefer to book an appointment, those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS to book their vaccination, or you can call 119, or visit the NHS booking website here. Find out more about the vaccine here.


Could Your Spare Room Change a Life?

Do you have a spare room? It could change a life!

The charity Standing Tall works with responsible businesses to create stable jobs for people going through tough times, including those who have experienced homelessness, enabling them to move forwards and thrive.

To be able to move off the street, it’s not just about the job; an individual needs a safe home to come home to at the end of the day. The Standing Tall “Amici” accommodation service provides a safe home and a listening ear as the individual transitions away from the street.

If you have a spare room, and would welcome an individual into your home, you could become a Standing Tall “Amici”, from the Italian for “friends”. Being an Amici is a paid role, with Standing Tall providing the necessary induction, support and training. As a trained and supported Amici, you would be protected for all eventualities under the insurance Standing Tall has in place. An individual can stay with an Amici for 3 to 6 months before they are ready to move on to their own accommodation.

You can find out more about the Amici role on Standing Tall’s website here.


St Mary’s Choristers’ Gee Seven Song

In the context of the G7 Conference, Truro Cathedral Choir fronted a wonderful project, “Sing2G7”, for young people in all the G7 countries to sing to their leaders. Their theme was to think about the next generation and the poorest of the world, to make the planet a better place.

St. Mary’s Moseley’s choristers joined the project and their wonderful contribution can be viewed on YouTube here! To find out more about the project, visit Sing2G7.


Coronavirus Update 16.06.21

Birmingham City Council’s latest weekly coronavirus general update can be seen here, and their dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 4th June can be seen here.

Across Birmingham, the number of cases increased by 191 cases compared with last week (668 cases this week compared to 477 last week). 4 wards reported no new cases this week.

Moseley’s case rate increased again from the previous week, to 138 per 100,000 people.

Total cases rose in all age groups. The average daily COVID admissions to Birmingham’s hospitals remained low this week with between 4 and 12 new cases a day across the hospitals in the city (total = 58), a slight increase from between 4 and 10 last week (total = 48). The number of deaths dropped to 1 from 2 deaths in the previous week.

The percentage of positive tests has increased, but the overall rate of testing using PCR, LFD or both has decreased. All adults who don’t have symptoms should now be testing twice a week using the rapid lateral flow tests. You can order free at-home tests here, and testing kits are also available at our local network of community pharmacies.

Spread appears to be primarily occurring through household, social and workplace interactions, but it isn’t inevitable and can help.

People aged 23 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who are eligible will be contacted by the NHS to book their vaccination, or you can book a vaccination, or manage an existing appointment, here. You can also schedule your vaccination by calling 119.

Full information on the restrictions at the current stage of lockdown easing can be seen on the government website here, in the summary flyer here, and in our detailed summary here, which we’ll update next week in line with the reduced changes now due on 21st June.

Free Webinars and Online Gaming Advice for Parents

Online gaming has seen a massive increase in popularity with children during the COVID-19 pandemic, as a result of more time spent at home and restrictions on physical social contact.

Grandparents, parents or guardians of children under the age of 18 are very welcome to join one of Get Safe Online’s free Gaming4Good webinars where you can hear from a panel of experts in family gaming who will discuss psychology, gaming risk and finance, how to approach your child’s gaming to help them get the most out of it… and avoid the pitfalls.

There are three one-hour webinars, each tailored for parents of children of different age groups.

  • Thursday June 17, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children 2–12 yrs
  • Thursday June 24, 10am – 11am: parents and guardians with children aged 12–15yrs
  • Wednesday June 30, 10am-11am: parents and guardians with children aged 15–18yrs

For more information, see the flyer here, the e-Book here, and the Gaming4Good website here, where you can also register to attend the free webinars.