Day: 9 January 2021

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (3) – Vaccination Delivery

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. Where will we get vaccinated? What are the priorities for vaccination? When will I get vaccinated and why are other areas getting vaccinations first? How will I be contacted when my vaccination is due? Which type of vaccination will be offered and will I have a choice? How long will it take for me to be immune from Covid-19 after the vaccination? I am a retired health professional. Can I help with the vaccine rollout? Can I help even in other ways? This article is the third in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (2) – Vaccination Basics

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. If we are given the first dose with one vaccine and the second with the other, how might this alter the effectiveness of vaccination? Why is the second dose being delayed and do we have to have it? Why are individuals not first screened for pre-existing immunity with an antibody test before being offered the vaccine? Should people who have had Covid-19 still have a vaccination? Must I have a vaccination if it is offered, especially if everyone else I know is vaccinated? What are the risks or restrictions for people who have significant allergies or a fever? I have an autoimmune condition. I am taking immunosuppressants. Can I still be vaccinated? What are the side effects of vaccination? This article is the second in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered (1) –The Virus and the Vaccines

These questions are answered by Dr Catherine Beanland, Portcullis Surgery; Dr Caron Morton, Station Drive Surgery; Rachel Robinson, Director of Public Health for Shropshire. Can you tell us about the vaccines and virus? Is the new variant of Covid-19 here in Shropshire and, if so, what impact will it have? Vaccine development and testing usually happens over several years. What is the evidence that these vaccines are absolutely safe to vulnerable people including pregnant women? Does it matter if young people catch Covid-19? This article is first in a series. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: Your Covid Vaccination Questions Answered – Introduction and Index

We all have many questions about vaccination. In early January, we asked people to submit their questions to an expert panel. We received around 100 responses which we condensed into 18 questions. We would like to thank the expert panel for answering these questions at a time when they are working flat out to protect people not just from Covid-19, but also from other health problems, including those that peak at this time of the year. Andy Boddington and Tracey Huffer, Shropshire Councillors for Ludlow North and East

Covid Watch: It’s getting scary as cases accelerate quickly in Shropshire and Telford

It’s getting scary out there. Yesterday, the number of new daily Covid-19 cases in the UK topped 60,000. The Directors of Public Health for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin have issued warnings that cases in both council areas are rising rapidly. Cases are rising every area in the county except in the Bishop’s Castle area. Shifnal and Wem have particularly high rates of infection, as does much of Telford & Wrekin. There were 15 cases in Ludlow in the seven days to 3 January. Further afield, London has declared a major incident as its hospitals hit capacity. We all fed up with lockdown and restrictions but the data show there is no room for relaxation on the rules.

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