Statement from Rochford District Council - 30th April 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

Visiting arrangements in care homes

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has updated the guidance on visiting arrangements in care homes to clarify that named visitors should be tested using rapid Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) on the day of every visit.

Earlier this month, DHSC also updated the information on essential care givers and added a new section on visits involving children and young people aged under 18 and guidance on what steps providers can take to reduce the risks around a visit outside of a care home.

Help and support for businesses affected by COVID-19

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has made available webinars and videos about the support available to businesses to help them deal with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. HMRC cover the following government schemes:

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Retention Scheme
  • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) 
  • Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme

Businesses can keep up to date with the latest information by registering for HMRC’s email updates.

How to report self-isolation support payments

Guidance has been published on how to report support payments relating to self-isolation due to coronavirus (COVID-19), on your Self Assessment tax return.

Guidance for food businesses

The Government has updated the guidance for food businesses to reflect changes to national lockdown rules which came into effect on 12 April.

The update includes guidance on ventilation and asymptomatic testing programmes and is intended for all workplaces involved in the manufacturing, processing, warehousing, picking, packaging, retailing and service of food.

One dose of COVID-19 vaccine can cut household transmission by up to half

A new study by Public Health England (PHE) has shown that one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine reduces household transmission by up to half.

Quarter of UK adults receive both doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that over a quarter of adults in the UK have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

47,045,391 vaccines were administered between 8 December 20 and 26 April 21, with 33,843,580 people receiving their first dose and 13,201,811 with their second dose.

Encouraging vaccine take-up

NHS England and Improvement has launched a new national campaign called ‘Every vaccination gives us hope’, to encourage under-50s to take up the offer of a COVID-19 vaccine during the second phase of the roll-out. 

The campaign includes a TV advert which highlights the significant role the vaccine is playing in preventing infections, hospitalisations and deaths. It aired for the first time on ITV on 26 April and showcased the health workers and volunteers involved in the rollout across the UK, as well as those who have had the vaccine. 

The advert will also run across radio, multicultural media and social media. 

Shingles vaccination promotion

PHE has published a poster to encourage take up of the shingles vaccination for those who may have missed it as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Individuals become eligible for routine vaccination against shingles when they become 70 years of age and for those in the catch-up cohort, if they are 78 or 79 years of age. All eligible individuals retain eligibility to receive the shingles vaccine until they become 80 years of age. 

Public Health England (PHE) has published a new poster to encourage take up of the shingles vaccination. 

For those who may have turned 80 during the pandemic and missed the opportunity to be vaccinated, either due to lockdown or because they were shielding at home, they can still be offered the shingles vaccine up to 31 July 2021.

NHS advice

Everyone is reminded to follow the NHS advice – wash your hands; wear a face covering; keep social distancing and, as we will be spending more time indoors, let fresh air into your home to ventilate it.

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We would like to reassure everyone that we are working closely with our partners from across Essex in the NHS, emergency services, county council and other local authorities, ensuring that well-practiced plans are put into place.


The council is monitoring Government guidance daily and will be issuing communications to staff, members and the public regularly, so please watch our website, sign up for e-mail alerts or go to our social media channels to keep up to date with the latest information.