Rossendale Free Press

Get jabbed at home to help beat Covid rise

New scheme unveiled as people are warned of scam

- CHANTELLE HEEDS freepressn­ews@menmedia.co.uk @RossFreePr­ess

THE Rossendale public now have the option of getting the Covid-19 vaccinatio­n in their own homes.

The new initiative, which is being launched by NHS in Lancashire and South Cumbria, is in place to anyone who is shielding or doesn’t feel comfortabl­e using the existing vaccine services.

It is the latest in a wide range of options available with the aim of offering the injection to as many residents as possible.

Jane Scattergoo­d, Chief Nurse and Senior Responsibl­e Officer for Lancashire and South Cumbria, said: “There is still a portion of our population who have not come forward for a Covid-19 vaccine or a booster yet, and we know for some of them it is because they are shielding or don’t want to leave their house.

“We will be there for them. It is essential that everyone is able to have access to a vaccine, and this new service helps us reach more people who have been unable to come forward until now.

“The new Omicron variant is spreading extremely quickly, so if you are eligible to have a vaccine – whether that is your booster or your first or second dose – please book one to make sure you have as much protection from the virus as possible.”

You can simply book online at healthierl­sc.co. uk/VacAtHome or by phoning 0300 790 6856 (between 10am to 8pm daily).

It comes as there were 168 new infections in Rossendale over the latest 24-hour period, with the infection rate for the last seven days standing at 2,136.3 per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service are warning residents to be on the lookout for a fake NHS Covid passport scam that’s been duping people into handing over their financial details.

The sophistica­ted scam involves people receiving a text or email purportedl­y

from the NHS asking them for their payment details so they can process their Covid pass.

Residents have also reported being contacted by phone by someone falsely claiming to be from the NHS.

The NHS Covid Pass is free and is available via the NHS App, the NHS website or by calling on 119.

County Coun Peter Buckley, cabinet member for community and cultural services, said: “Some of the scams we are coming across, particular­ly those relating to Covid-19, are getting more sophistica­ted so it’s important to stay two steps ahead.

“Any communicat­ion that attempts to pressure you into handing over your personal details should trigger alarm bells and you should never do that without further investigat­ion.

“If you receive an email or text similar to this then do not click on any links and please report it to the

Trading Standards Service.”

Another coronaviru­s con to look out for is a phishing scam that asks the recipient to click on a link to order an Omicron PCR test.

The scam email urges the recipient to ‘apply now to avoid restrictio­ns’ and is headed up with the NHS logo.

If you receive an email like this, do not click any of the links contained within it.

Coun Buckley added:

“If you have symptoms of Covid-19 then you need to book a PCR test online or by calling 119.

“Rapid lateral flow tests for people who are symptomati­c can be ordered online or picked up from your nearest collection point, which can be located using the NHS Site Finder.”

The number of people in hospital in the UK with Covid-19 is the highest since February last year. According to the latest Government data, a total of 19,828 patients were recorded on January 10. This is up 21 per cent week on week, and is the highest number since February 16, 2021.

Members of the public were also warned by the World Health Organisati­on this week against holding ‘Covid-19 parties’. This comes after pictures and videos shared on social media appear to show events being held in an attempt for people to catch the virus at a convenient time for them.

“Any communicat­ion that attempts to pressure you into handing over your personal details should trigger alarm bells”

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●●The NHS has launched a new initiative which means people shielding or concerned about using vaccine hubs can get their Covid jab at home
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Coun Peter Buckley, Lancashire County Council community and cultural services chief, has warned against scams

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