Hundreds more pupils become Flu Fighters

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Hundreds more children have become Flu Fighters and are ready for the annual battle against influenza this winter as a free vaccination programme continues in Wolverhampton’s schools. All pupils from Reception to Year 7 are eligible for the free flu vaccination this year, delivered via a quick and painless nasal spray, and parents should return their child’s consent form as soon as possible to ensure they don't miss out. Vaccinations are scheduled to take place throughout the autumn term.

Last week, nurses from Vaccination UK visited Goldthorn Park Primary School, Palmers Cross Primary School, Woodfield Primary School, Springdale Primary School, St Michael's Catholic Primary Academy, Warstones Primary School, Bantock Primary School, The Royal School Wolverhampton (Primary) and St Matthias (Year 7).

This week they are visiting Merridale Primary School and Nishkam Primary School on Monday 9 November, Uplands Junior School and Westacre Infant School on Tuesday 10 November, Elston Hall Primary School on Wednesday 11 November, St Luke's Church of England Primary School and Wolverhampton Grammar School (primary phase) on Thursday 12 November and Hill Avenue Academy and St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School on Friday 13 November.

Full details of the Vaccination UK schedule, including which schools are due to be visited when, is available at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/flufighters. Parents can also download a consent form online if they have mislaid theirs.

Covid test centres remain open during national lockdown

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Wolverhampton's five coronavirus test centres remain open during the national lockdown which is now underway – and people who have symptoms of Covid-19 are being reminded that they must get a test.Got Symptoms

Symptoms include a fever, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People can book a test online by visiting www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119. In addition, a total of 50 tests per day are available without prior appointment at the city’s Faulkland Street walk-through test centre, on a first come, first served basis.

The city's four other test centres – a drive-through centre at Aldersley Leisure Village and walk-through centres at Showell Road and Blakenhall Community Resource Centre in Wolverhampton and Mountford Lane in Bilston – remain appointment only.

City placed into nationwide lockdown in Covid-19 fight

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Wolverhampton – along with the rest of England – has begun a four-week period of lockdown to suppress Covid-19 as figures show over 100 people a day in the city are testing positive for the deadly virus.COVID 19 LOCKDOWN 2

MPs approved the nationwide lockdown last night and the measures came into law at one minute past midnight today (Thursday 5 November). The key points are:

  • You must stay home as much as possible and only leave for a limited number of reasons such as education, exercise and recreation or to shop for essentials.
  • You should work from home if you can.
  • You should not mix with other people indoors or in private gardens, unless they are part of your household or your care or support bubble.
  • Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues are closed, as are pubs and restaurants, though takeaways and deliveries are permitted. To help businesses affected by closure, the council is putting in place packages of support.
  • Schools, universities and colleges remain open (secondary school staff and students must continue to wear face coverings in communal spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained) as do places of worship for individual prayer and funerals.
  • You can continue to exercise or visit outdoor public places with the people you live with or your support bubble or, when you are on your own, with one person from another household. Children under five and disabled people who are dependent on care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside.

Remember, remember, to celebrate Bonfire Night safely

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People are being reminded to celebrate Bonfire Night safely this Thursday (5 November).

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, organised fireworks displays have been cancelled – and people planning to mark Guy Fawkes night at home are being urged to take extra care.

Wolverhampton is already subject to Covid-19 High Alert (Tier 2) restrictions and England is expected to be placed under lockdown on Thursday, meaning people must stay home as much as possible and households cannot mix with others either indoors or in private gardens.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "If you are planning to celebrate Bonfire Night this year, please do so only with members of your own household, and please make sure you follow all the health and safety advice on your fireworks. The NHS is already seeing a big increase in the number of Covid-19 patients it is having to treat, and the last thing we want is for people to suffer nasty burns or other injuries which might require medical attention."

Dr Salma Reehana, Chair of the Governing Body, Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group, added: "We want everyone to stay safe this bonfire, so as well as following the latest government advice to reduce the spread of Covid-19, we ask you to please follow the firework health and safety advice and code to avoid any injuries.

City to face Covid-19 lockdown from Thursday

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Wolverhampton – along with the rest of England – is set to be placed into lockdown from Thursday (5 November) to tackle spiralling coronavirus cases. MPs are due to vote on proposals for a national lockdown tomorrow. If approved the measures will be introduced at 00.01am on Thursday and remain in place until Wednesday 2 December.

The main restrictions will be that:

  • People must stay at home except for education purposes, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others
  • All bars, pubs and restaurants must close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
  • All non-essential shops must close (except for click and collect). A full list of business closures will be published and set out in law
  • Schools, colleges and universities will remain open; places of worship remain open for individual prayer and funerals
  • Workplaces should stay open if people cannot work from home, though the clinically vulnerable are advised not to go into work if they can’t work from home
  • Households will not be allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens
  • Individuals can meet one other person who is not a member of their household in an outside public space
  • Support bubbles can continue, and children can continue to move between homes if their parents are separated
  • Outdoor exercise and recreation will be allowed, but gyms must close.

For full details of the proposed measures, please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.

Throughout lockdown, people should continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance – wash your hands regularly, wear a face covering where required and stay 2m apart (1m+ where this isn't possible) from anyone who isn't a member of your household or bubble – and get a Covid-19 test as required.

Shielding from Coronavirus? Make sure you protect yourself from flu

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People who are on the Covid-19 Shielding Patients list are being offered a free flu jab to help protect them from one of winter’s most dangerous illnesses.

In an unprecedented move, all members of households where somebody is shielding from Covid-19 are being free offered vaccination too, to provide maximum protection for some of the Black Country and West Birmingham’s most clinically vulnerable people.