The Government have announced their roadmap out of lockdown. The end of this crisis is in sight, the roadmap is a start but we need more on: Sick pay & other financial support when isolating Improvements to contact tracing Mass targeted testing Mask guidance Economic support for workers & business I recently attended briefings with Health Secretary Matt Hancock, the Deputy Chief Medical Officer and the schools minister Nick Gibb to discuss the impact of the vaccine roll out, pressures on our NHS and issues surrounding schools fully re-opening as restrictions ease. You can find more details on restrictions and the various steps here.
Please share: over 70s and the clinically extremely vulnerable who haven’t yet been contacted for their Covid vaccine can now get in touch to arrange their appointment. If you are in either of these groups and have not been offered an appointment yet, please contact the vaccination team at [email protected] with your details below: - First name - Last name - Date of Birth - Postcode - Telephone number (so they can call you to arrange the appointment). You can find more info about the vaccination arrangements here: https://www.barnsleyccg.nhs.uk/.../covid-19-vaccine-faqs.htm If you are not able to get to an appointment South Yorkshire Community Transport providers are offering a free return journey to Covid-19 vaccination sites for residents in the priority groups. To book a free ride just call Barnsley Dial-a-Ride on 01226 732096. They have asked that residents give as much notice as possible. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more, visit: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/.../jou.../Door-2-Door-
South Yorkshire Community Transport providers have stepped up and are offering a free return journey to COVID-19 vaccination sites for residents in the priority groups. All the Community Transport services use fully accessible vehicles and can pick up passengers directly from their homes. To book a free ride just call Barnsley Dial-a-Ride on 01226 732096. They have asked that residents give as much notice as possible and at least one or two days before the journey itself so that they can accommodate as many people as possible. Places will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To find out more, visit: https://www.travelsouthyorkshire.com/.../jour.../Door-2-Door.
For a strong recovery in the months and years to come, we need to be bold now. I spoke to Calendar about the importance of supporting residents and businesses through the crisis.
I know that many residents will be concerned about the reports on vaccine re-distribution. The situation needs urgent clarity from government. It isn’t clear how many vaccines will be redistributed and the impact that this will have. We all understand the importance of making sure vaccines reach the most vulnerable but the government need to be clear with people about the situation. If the circumstances were reversed and London was performing better I think it’s very unlikely that vaccines would be redirected from London to Yorkshire. You can find more details in the Yorkshire Live report here.
Less than half of people needing isolation support payments have been able to access them. This isn’t just bad for families. It is undermining our public health response. That isn’t good enough. Barnsley Council has given more than the govt. The govt must do more.
It was a pleasure to visit one of the COVID-19 vaccination centres to see how the vaccine is being rolled out across Barnsley & to thank all the staff & volunteers involved in such a fantastic effort.
It was good to attend Unite's virtual SOS for Jobs event today on what we can do to support workers at this tough time.Unemployment has doubled in Barnsley in recent months - the Government must do more to protect both lives and livelihoods during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Alongside Yorkshire MPs, mayors & council leaders, I signed a letter to Rishi Sunak.The Labour Party is calling for an exit-plan from COVID-19 restrictions, support for local livelihoods and a fully functioning test and trace system. If you want to sign your name, click here.