Wigan Borough Updates 8/4/2021

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Stay local, stay safe
We hope you’ve all managed to catch up with some friends or family in the outdoors over the past week.

Please continue to do your bit to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

It is still really important for everyone to follow the current rules: only meet outdoors in a group of 2 households or up to 6 people, avoid going into other people’s homes, wear masks when required unless exempt, wash hands regularly and always keep a social distance from people from other households.

We’ve all come so far and thank you to everyone who has stuck to the rules over the past year, we know it hasn’t been easy.

If the vaccination programme continues to go well and infection rates do not put unsustainable pressure on the NHS, the government’s plan is that we will gradually move out of lockdown over the next few months.
Find out more here
AstraZeneca vaccine advice
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises UK health departments on immunisations.
This week they issued advice on the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine after reports of links between the vaccine and very rare blood clots.
They have advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions to be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available. 
However, the overall risks of someone developing the blood clots after having the AstraZeneca vaccine are still extremely rare, approximately 4 people in every one million people who are vaccinated.
The risks associated with developing Covid-19 when not vaccinated, including developing blood clots as a result of Covid-19, are far greater. All medicines have a risk of side effects.  It is normal to experience side effects up to 4 days after having a vaccine. If, 4 days or more after having a vaccine, you develop symptoms such as a new onset of severe or persistent headache, blurred vision, confusion or seizures, shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain, unusual skin bruising or pinpoint round spots beyond the injection site, you should seek immediate medical advice.  The JCVI, and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) are advising everyone to take up a vaccine when offered it. 
Pregnant women should continue to first consult your doctor before having a vaccine.
Read the full statement here
This week’s Covid-19 tracker shows:Our rate of new cases has decreased but remains higher than the regional/national averageWe have the fourth lowest rate of new cases in GMAs at 6 April, there were 15 COVID-positive patients in WWL hospitals – a decrease from this time last week.
View the full tracker here
Local vaccination information
 Our most recent vaccination figures for the borough have been released. More than 120,000 vaccines have now been administered locally.

If you’re 50 or over and haven’t been invited for your vaccine yet or if you’re clinically extremely vulnerable, you can make an appointment by calling 119 or clicking here. 
Find out more information here
Be Well Wigan
Outdoor sport and leisure facilities have re-opened and indoor gyms and pools are set to do so from Monday 12th April.

Our own sports and leisure service, now called Be Well Wigan, have reopened Haigh Golf Course and Scotmans Flash.

The team at the beautiful setting of Scotmans in Wigan offer a great range of outdoor activities for all the family out on the water. Activities include canoeing, paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking and you can work towards qualifications or just have a go for fun. All activities should be booked in advance. No previous experience is needed, and the qualified team will be on hand to support beginners.

Find Be Well Wigan’s new Facebook and website below. 
Elections are coming
 Polling stations will be open across Wigan Borough on 6th May so that you can vote in local elections and in the Greater Manchester Mayoral election.

It is also possible to vote by post, or by proxy, where you give someone you trust permission to vote on your behalf. You will need to apply to do this and the deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 27th April.

It is also important that you are on the electoral register or you will not be able to vote.
Find out more here
Opportunity for young people to have your say on new developments
An exciting new space for young people at Leigh Sports Village and a brand new play space at Pennington Flash Country Park in Leigh are coming soon.

We want to offer children and young people the chance to influence these developments and have their say to make sure we create spaces that young people will use and enjoy in the future.

This short survey is for young people aged 8-18. There are just 9 tick box questions and an option to give us more information if needed.

The survey will close on Monday 26th April at 5pm.
Fill in the survey here