Coronavirus update and advice

NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning group and our partners have confirmed a phased response to rising Covid-19 rates

The recent substantial rise in Bolton’s infection rate is a stark reminder that Covid-19 has not gone away.

Enhanced testing and a vaccination drive are among the measures that have been rolled out in the most affected areas.

Enhanced testing

Anyone who is living, working or studying in Rumworth, Deane or Great Lever who does not have Covid-19 symptoms is strongly urged to attend a mobile testing unit for a PCR test.

Mobile testing units are at:

Memory Lane Wedding Venue, Gilnow Lane, BL3 5EL

Makkah Mosque, Grecian Crescent, BL3 6QU

Home PCR test kits are also also be available for collection and return at:

Deane Road Temple (Shree Swaminarayan Mandir), 161 Deane Road, BL3 5AH

The mobile testing units and Deane Road Temple will be open 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm. You do not need an appointment to attend.

Vaccine

If you live in Rumworth, Deane or Great Lever and are eligible, someone will be in touch soon to offer you the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine.  

You will be eligible for a vaccine if you:

Are aged 40 and over

a carer

are shielding

have a long term health condition

Our vaccination bus is also holding special sessions for anyone who lives, works or studies in the BL3 area of Bolton and meets the eligibility criteria. No appointment is needed - just turn up! Check our news pages and social media channels for the latest locations and dates.

Bolton Council's FAQs page has more information about enhanced testing and the vaccination.

Engaging with the community

Teams are going door-to-door in Rumworth, Deane and Great Lever speaking to residents about the virus and the importance of taking part in the vaccine and enhanced testing programmes.

Leaflets, translated materials and interpreters are being used to share vital messages with everyone in the community.

We are also working with community leaders and voluntary organisations to ensure we can engage as many residents as possible.

Simple steps EVERY Bolton resident can take to keep themselves and others safe

  • Wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering, maintain social distance and let fresh air in.
  • Accept the vaccine when offered
  • If you have symptoms, self-isolate immediately and book a Covid test on the national portal
  • We remain at Step 2 of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown. Do not meet indoors with anyone outside your household or support bubble
  • Continue to work from home if you can

Other information

NHS advice

Read the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (Covid-19).

Government advice and restrictions 

The government publishes the latest coronavirus guidance and support on the gov.uk website. This includes details of the latest restrictions.

Bolton Council

Check the Bolton Council website for the latest coronavirus information on a range of topics including coronavirus testing, business and community support, education and childcare, and services affected by coronavirus. 

Support

If you are struggling because you need to stay at home and have no family or friends to support you with shopping or other help please contact the Bolton Humanitarian Support hub on 01204 337221. The opening hours are:

  • Monday to Friday from 8.30am–5.30pm
  • Saturdays from 9.00am–1.30pm

More information.

Are you recovering from Covid-19?

If you have had Covid-19, you may still be experiencing some effects that are impacting on your quality of life. Alternatively, you might be supporting a family member or friend following their Covid-19 illness which may be challenging.

Find advice on how to manage some of the common effects of Covid-19, or how you can support someone’s recovery, on the Your COVID Recovery website.

Wellbeing and mental health

Feeling down, lonely, frustrated, anxious or worried are normal reactions at the moment.

You might feel concerned about your finances, your health, relationships or relatives.

Find out what mental health support is available in Bolton.

This guide to mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus has been created for people in Bolton is full of lots of useful advice to support yourself and others,

Public Health England has put together an easy read guide to looking after your mind and body during this difficult time.

Online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people aged 11 to 25 in Bolton is available from Kooth

Children

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust has created an animation and fact sheet to help children understand what coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to stop the virus spreading.

 

This is the biggest vaccination programme our country has ever seen.

The Covid-19 vaccination programme is led nationally by NHS England and NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group is managing arrangements at a local level.

Arrangements to get everyone vaccinated are moving very fast and are subject to many last-minute changes.

We are working hard in Bolton to get everyone vaccinated who is eligible.

Your questions answered

When will I get my vaccination?  

The order in which people are being offered the vaccine is based on advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The current vaccination eligibility criteria is on the NHS website.

In Bolton we’re doing our best to reach everyone as soon as possible.

How will I be invited for my vaccination?

When it is the right time you will be contacted to make an appointment. Most people will receive a letter either from their GP or the national booking system; this will include all the information you need, including your NHS number. Some services are currently also phoning and texting patients to invite them in. 

Our GP practices are working very hard to get the vaccine to everybody who needs it, while at the same time dealing with other patients’ health concerns. If you need to contact your GP about anything other than the vaccine, please do so in the usual ways. If you are waiting to hear about your vaccination, please wait to be contacted and try to avoid contacting them for updates.

Where will I have my vaccination?

There is a variety of vaccination sites to provide you with a choice of where to get vaccinated, and so that more people can be vaccinated as quickly as possible.

You could be contacted by your GP practice, either by text, phone or letter to make an appointment at your local vaccination centre. This could either be at your own GP practice or another site in Bolton.

Large vaccination sites have also been selected so they can vaccinate thousands of people each week. You may have already received a letter in the post giving you the option to attend a large site – around 30 minutes’ drive away. You can take up this offer or wait until you’re invited by your local GP.

People who meet eligibility criteria can also get their jab on the Bolton Covid-19 Vaccination Bus. No appointment is needed. The latest locations, dates and times for the bus - along with more information - are published on the news section of our website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

What to expect when you have your vaccination

While it’s tempting to turn up early, appointments are running to a strict schedule. This is so we can manage social distancing and help to minimise queueing or waiting.

The exception is our vaccination bus. No appointment is necessary for the bus - just turn up! 

On arrival you will be greeted by a marshal who will take your details. Don’t forget your face covering!

You will then go through a short medical screening process to make sure you’re fit to have the vaccine and you will be asked to give consent – to make sure you are happy to proceed with the vaccine.

The vaccination itself takes a matter of seconds – this will be done in the top of your arm.

Depending on which vaccine you receive, you may be asked to take a seat in a waiting area for 15 minutes, for observation. Then you’ll be free to go!

Second dose

If you’ve already received your first dose of the vaccine, please wait to be contacted about your second. You may already have an appointment arranged – please keep those arrangements. You will be contacted soon if you haven’t received any invitation yet.

How does the vaccine work?

The vaccine encourages your body to make antibodies, which will be used to try and protect your body from the virus. Both of the current Covid-19 vaccines are ‘inactivated vaccines’, which means they cannot give you Covid. Vaccination will significantly reduce the chances of you catching the virus and becoming seriously unwell if you were to catch it.

Even if you’ve already had Covid-19, the vaccine will ensure that your immunity to the disease is as strong as possible.

Do the vaccines contain animal ingredients?

Both vaccines that are currently being used do not contain any animal ingredients or egg. The ingredients have been reviewed by regulators and ingredients on both vaccines can be found here:

Both vaccines are recommended by the British Islamic Medical Association. Read more.

Bolton Covid-19 Vaccination Bus

We are taking our Covid-19 Vaccination bus into the heart of our communities to make it as easy as possible for people to get vaccinated.

No appointment is needed to attend the vaccination bus - just turn up if you meet the criteria!

The latest locations, dates and times for the bus - along with more information and eligibility criteria - are published on the news section of our website and on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

The bus has wheelchair access. If you are worried or have any concerns, please come along and speak to us.

 

 

Sadly, we are aware that some people are receiving suspicious calls and text messages offering the Covid-19 vaccination.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember:

  • The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime. 
  • The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
  • At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.

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