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Coronavirus Update 05.05.21

Birmingham City Council’s latest general update can be seen here. The dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 30th April has not been published yet so we’ll send a more detailed update in a later newsletter. Birmingham City Council’s brief summary describes the total number of cases across the city as having dropped by 109 compared with the previous week, and having decreased in all ethnic groups and all age-groups, except the 80+ which has remained static at 2 per week.

Cases remain highest in secondary school children and we’re reminded that testing for schools and families remains vital to prevent spread of infection to older age groups.

Our full description of the rules at the current stage of lockdown easing, including details of how to get tested can be seen here, and a poster summarising the rules is here.

Testing is a quick and easy way to make sure you are keeping yourself and others safe, and all asymptomatic adults should now be testing twice per week. As well as picking tests up at local pharmacies, everyone can now order free rapid tests to their home: details are on the government website here.

 

Over-40s Eligible for Vaccine

People aged 40 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, along with others including:

  • people who are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • people who are at moderate risk from coronavirus (clinically vulnerable)
  • people who live or work in care homes
  • health and social care workers
  • informal carers (see article here)

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. Find out more about the vaccine here.

It’s important to have both your vaccines to have maximum protection, but it’s encouraging to see a new study by Public Health England (PHE) shows that household transmission is reduced by up to half after one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Elections This Thursday

The elections are coming up fast! You can have your say in the elections on Thursday 6th May: Cast your vote for Mayor of the West Midlands, and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The Electoral Commission has worked with Mencap, RNIB, and United Response, on helpful easy-read guides to voting in May’s elections.

Find out more about the candidates for both roles by entering your postcode here.

Type of voting system: Regional Mayors and PCC’s are elected using the Supplementary Vote system. You make a first and second choice when you vote. If no candidate gets more than 50% of the first choice votes, all except the top 2 candidates are eliminated. If your first choice candidate is eliminated, and your second choice is for one of the top 2, your second choice is counted.

Coronavirus Emergency: If you have Covid19 symptoms or need to self isolate, do not visit the polling station. If you’re already registered to vote, you’ll be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote by completing the form here and sending it to the local electoral registration office to arrive by 5pm on Thursday 6th May:

Birmingham City Council

Electoral Registration Officer

Council House

Victoria Square

B1 1BB

Phone: 0121 303 2731

Email: elections@birmingham.gov.uk

Website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/elections

You can also contact the electoral registration team to find out if you’re on the electoral register, and if you already have a postal or proxy vote.

Moseley Iftar 2021

Join our breaking of fast with the Moseley Iftar during the Muslim month of Ramadan, this Friday 7th May at 8pm. A vegetarian selection of snacks and treats will be delivered to your door and you can engage in our vibrant Zoom gathering to connect and celebrate with our Moseley community.

Packs will include a samosa, fruit, dates and a cake, plus a surprise gift. We have 200 packs to be delivered within B13 postcodes.

The theme for this year’s Moseley Iftar is Hope, Harmony and Happiness. Full details of the virtual gathering can be seen here. Places are limited: please register in advance here. Moseley Iftar looks forward to welcoming you.

This event is made possible through the time, skills and funds of local partners: Near Neighbours; St. Mary’s Church Moseley; SFI; Moseley Community Development Trust; Moseley Together. It would also not be possible without our volunteers – thank you!

 

Caring For a Young person with SEND?

Birmingham’s “Local Offer” website is now live, here, with details of help, advice and information about the services available for children and young people from birth to 25 years with a Special Educational Need or Disability (SEND).

The Local Offer is the range of local agencies including education, health and social care the Local Authority has available to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities and their families.  Each Local Authority has a duty to publish this information on a Local Offer Website so that it is all in one place.