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Vaccination myths

The World Health Organisation has issued some statements to reassure people who may be worried about having their Covid-19 vaccination.

The messages include:
There is no evidence that the Covid-19 vaccine will affect fertility. This has been backed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Royal College of Midwives. 

You cannot catch Covid-19 from the vaccine itself.

It is possible that you may have some side effects after having the vaccine, including a headache, slight temperature, and feeling run down, but this is your body’s natural reaction to having a vaccine and building immunity.

Vaccines are not being routinely offered to pregnant women. If you have a high risk or catching and dying from Covid-19 you may be offered the vaccine as the risks of having a vaccine when pregnant are believed to be low. You should get advice from your GP if you are pregnant and have concerns. 

The vaccine is safe for Black and Asian people. The vaccines do not contain any animal products and are Kosher. The South Asian Heritage Network hosted a question and answer session with South Asian medical experts about the vaccine. You can view it here.
Please look out for these messages on the Wigan Council social media channels over the next few weeks and share.

For further information on the vaccines click here

Covid-19 weekly tracker
This week’s Covid-19 tracker has been published and it shows:
The rate of new cases remains lower than the regional rates but higher than for England overall
The Kent variant still accounts for the majority of new cases locally
As of 16 February, there were 51 COVID-positive patients in WWL hospitals.
View the full tracker here

Latest Vaccination figures for Wigan Borough
Here are the latest vaccination figures locally.

You should only request your vaccination if you are over 70 or clinically extremely vulnerable and haven’t been contacted. If you need to request your vaccination call 111.

Everyone else will be contacted as soon as it is your turn.

Find out more here

If you are shielding

If you have been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable and have previously been asked to shield until 21st February, you will soon receive a letter encouraging you to continue shielding until 31st March.

We understand that this is a difficult time, especially for those who have been shielding for a lengthy period.

We’re on hand to help if you need access to food and essential items, need support connecting digitally with loved ones, practical help around the home or simply need someone to talk to.
Fill in our online form here and someone will be in touch

Children from different households should not be socialising

We understand that the lockdown period, with many children not in school, can be difficult for parents and carers.

It is important that children from different households do not meet socially during lockdown unless part of your support bubble or childcare bubble. This includes children who might be in the same bubble at school.

Even though Covid-19 poses a low risk to most children’s health, they can still easily pass the virus between households.

We’ve put together a What’s On at Home guide, which we update every Monday and Friday, with suggestions for free, family friendly things to do at home.

You can find the guide on our Facebook and Twitter channels.
You can also view it online here!

Following the guidelines in shops and supermarkets
Our shops and supermarkets have asked us to remind everyone to continue to follow the government’s guidelines.

When shopping, please:
Clean your basket/ trolley before you start your shop and sanitise your hands on entrance
Do not touch items unless you’re going to purchase them
Shop alone unless you are unable to do so
Wear your face covering in store unless you are exempt
Maintain social distance from others
Only shop when essential
Avoid peak shopping times
Pay via contactless payment methods where possible.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for unpaid carers

If you are an unpaid carer and need some PPE, please contact Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre, who are working with us to distribute items.

You can contact the Carers Centre on 01942 705959 or via Twitter here.

Random Acts of Kindness Week

This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week when everyone is encouraged to do something kind for others.

What could you do today that might make a difference to others?

A small change, such as saying, ‘Hello’ to a stranger you pass on your daily walk, a compliment to a friend or supporting a local business, could make a big difference.

Find out more here

Wigan Athletic Community Trust wants your views
The Trust’s new Active Through Football project has set up a survey, which is available now for people who live in the Douglas or Westleigh areas.

By filling in the quick survey you can help the Trust to make decisions about activities they will deliver in your area in the future.

If you live in the Douglas area, you can fill in this survey here. 

If you live in the Westleigh area, you can fill in this survey here.

For more information, please contact [email protected]
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