Hello Lewisham COVID-19 Community Champions!

Welcome back to another week of COVID-19 updates and information that you can share with your community, friends and family.

They will be able to make more informed decisions and understand why the guidance and regulations are in place.

Information to share with others

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility and pop-up clinics

Everyone aged 23 and over OR will turn 23 before July 1 are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination. Age eligibility for the vaccine has been changing rapidly, you can find updates on the NHS website.

If you’re included in this age group, you should book your appointment directly by visiting the NHS website or by calling 119, free of charge.

COVID-19 vaccination walk-in clinics – June 2021

Lewisham Hospital

Location: Lewisham Hospital, Lessof auditorium, accessed via the Blue Zone
Date and time: Fridays in June – 18 and 25 June, 8am to 4pm
Booking information: Walk-in, no appointment needed
Further information: Astra Zeneca vaccine available for people over 40

Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale
Location: Waldron Health Centre, Amersham Vale, London SE14 6LD
Date and time: Saturday 19 June, 2:00-5:00pm
Booking information: Walk-in, no appointment needed
Further information: AstraZeneca vaccine first and second doses available for people over 40

Lewisham COVID-19 Vaccination call back service for Lewisham residents and workers

This free, confidential telephone call back service offers Lewisham residents and workers the chance to arrange a conversation with a healthcare professional on the COVID-19 vaccination.

You can book online, call 07828 49904 (WhatsApp: 07376 810219) or email LewishamHelpline@nhs.net to arrange a free, confidential conversation with a healthcare professional – a local pharmacist – who will be able to give you the latest information on the vaccination and answer any questions you may have. Find out more information on the Government’s website.

Building Vaccine Confidence with African and Caribbean Communities

An event with Prof Kevin Fenton, Regional Director for London Public Health England.

Sutton Council will be hosting a free online event on 16 June at 6:30pm – open to all residents, particularly those from Black African and Black Caribbean Communities across London.

The panel will discuss the misconceptions and common myths about COVID-19, as well as provide accurate information. Spaces are limited, you can register for a ticket and you can also submit questions in advance. Pre-submitted questions will be completely anonymous.

Inside Out Lewisham – Photography Event 17 and 26 June

Inside Out is visiting London during Euro 2020 and comes to Catford Broadway from 17 June with portraits of local people taken and pasted on the side of a 3 story building in Catford Broadway. The project will celebrate Lewisham’s rich diversity and local culture in the lead up to its year as Borough of Culture – an award given by the Mayor of London.

This is a call out to our Lewisham COVID-19 Community Champions, to ask if you would like to take part in Inside Out Lewisham to celebrate all of your work to support the community during the pandemic. Find out more about Inside Out projects.

We have slots for Champions for their portraits to be taken on Thursday 17 and Saturday 26 June. The times for this are 1.00pm – 5.00pm. Places are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are interested in taking part please contact covid19champions@lewisham.gov.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 16 June, with the date and time of your availability.

This week our topic of focus will be the 4-week pause at Step 3 of the Roadmap.

The Government has announced a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the Roadmap. Step 3 restrictions remain in place, and you should follow the guidance on what you can and cannot do.

It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 19 July, though the data will be reviewed after 2 weeks in case the risks have reduced. The Government will continue to monitor the data and the move to Step 4 will be confirmed one week in advance.

From 21 June, there will be changes to the rules on:

  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies and wedding receptions or civil partnership celebrations
  • Commemorative events following a death such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering
  • Large event pilots
  • Care home visits
  • Domestic residential visits for children.

Weddings, civil partnerships and commemorative events from 21 June

From 21 June, there are changes to rules on the number of people who can attend:

  • A wedding or civil partnership ceremony
  • A wedding reception or civil partnership celebration
  • A commemorative event following a funeral such as a wake, stone setting or ash scattering.

The number of people who can attend these events in a COVID-secure venue or other venue (such as a garden of a private home) will be determined by how many people a venue can safely accommodate with social distancing measures in place, including guests of all ages and anyone working at the event. Find out more on what you can and can’t do on the Government’s website.

Large event pilots from 21 June

A limited series of pilot events will take place to produce additional evidence on reopening events safely. Attendees will need to show proof of vaccination or a recent negative test.

This will include some UEFA EURO 2020 matches at Wembley and a small number of other sports, arts and music performances. The full list of pilots, and further details about the events, will be announced shortly.

Care home visits from 21 June

From 21 June some changes will be made to visits in and out of care homes. For visits in to care homes, all care home residents will be able to nominate an essential care giver. These essential care givers will be able to visit the care home resident, even if the resident is isolating. The guidance on care home visiting will be updated by 17 June.

Overnight trips for out-of-school groups from 21 June

From 21 June, out of school settings can organise residential visits for children in consistent groups of up to 30 children. This replaces the current limit of 6 people or 2 households.

Find out more on the Government’s website.

We are still interested in any story/experiences to share on what most helped you to self-isolate if you have needed to. Please send these and any suggestions for future email/webinar topics to: covid19champions@lewisham.gov.uk