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Covid Watch: Vaccination centre to open at Ludlow Racecourse next month

Most of you will have heard a vaccination centre is to open at Ludlow Racecourse. This will be in early February and we hope to announce the date next weekend. The centre will serve a wide area. We understand that transport will be provided from Ludlow but we don’t have details yet. This will be run by Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group. Local GPs will not be involved.  Many of those registered with GPs in Ludlow will be able to be vaccinated at the surgeries. Those housebound will received home visits.

There has been some confusion about the opening of a testing centre in Ludlow. This article sets the record straight. The testing site will open on Smithfield Car Park at 8am on Thursday 21 January. It will not be a walk in centre. Walk through. You need to qualify for a test. That means Covid symptoms or symptoms that cause concern. The test will be PCR, the most accurate test. You must book the test in advance. Parking might be an issue as parking at Smithfield will be reduced. If you can walk, walk. Otherwise, park in the Galdeford car park.

Covid Watch: Infection rates are reducing in Shropshire but we are not home and dry yet

Good news at last. Covid-19 infection rates are falling in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, also across England. It looks like the peak caused by the new variant and relaxing of social mixing, within the rules and in breach of the rules, has ended and rates are beginning to fall rapidly. Although the fall has been in the last week and the data are provisional, the trend is looking good. There are quite different experiences across Shropshire. The east and north side of the county has the highest rates of infection, the south west, including Ludlow, the lowest.

Fire cover could be lost in rural Shropshire if firefighters are not treated as frontline workers and vaccinated

Councillors in south west Shropshire are getting concerned that they could lose fire cover if firefighters are not vaccinated urgently. New rules have been introduced that require firefighters to self-isolate for ten days if they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid-19. That could decimate fire cover in rural areas of Shropshire and take out entire stations. Andy Boddington, Shropshire Councillor for Ludlow North explains: “I have been contacted by a number of retained firefighters over the last few days. They are concerned that if one member of the crew on a shout has a positive test the rest are put into self-isolation. They are concerned that Ludlow and surrounding areas may have to rely on fire crews from further afield. They say that will increase the risk to life and could increase injuries and distress. “There are 16 retained firefighters working with the full time team in Ludlow. They go out nine at time. All these firefighters could all be asked to stand down if one person at the station tests positive. “Their work has grown during the pandemic. They are being called out to help the ambulance service. They are being called out…

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DPD driver Paul Pugh to remain in Ludlow after textbook campaign

Congratulations to all those that campaigned to keep DPD driver Paul in Ludlow. It is invidious to single out individuals but the campaign was led brilliantly by Emma Elizabeth Kennet. So many others took part. Hundreds of people emailed DPD’s chief executive and chief press officer. The news came in Tuesday afternoon, DPD are to keep Paul in Ludlow. This was a textbook campaign. Short, sharp and driven on social media with hundreds of contributors. I’m impressed.

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