Covid Community Webinar, Wednesday 24 February, 6.30-7.30pm
The vaccination rollout is going really well in Harrow and across the country and I want to thank you again for everything you’re doing to try to help us break the chain of infection, protect our loved ones and help the NHS.
Cases are dropping in the borough, which is thanks largely to all you are doing to adhere to the restrictions in place. We have done so well following social distancing and wearing masks – but the way out of Covid is to keep testing and vaccinating. The great news is that with every jab we’re a step closer. While we will have to continue to take personal responsibility and people may still get the virus, it will significantly reduce the risk of having to go into hospital.
Both of the Covid-19 vaccines are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. They were trialled on nearly 100,000 people of all ages and ethnicities. Whether you have the Astra Zeneca or Pfizer vaccine, with more than 15 million people having been vaccinated with their first jab, we can be sure that the vaccine is safe.
Now is the time to encourage members of your community, friends and loved ones who have not yet had their vaccination to consider having it. Many are nervous about having it or unclear how it can save their lives. Please talk to them and explain the benefits.
Better still, encourage them to join our Covid Community Webinar next week. We are holding another of our popular information sessions next Wednesday, 6.30-7.30pm, to discuss the situation in Harrow, address their concerns about the vaccine and get people to ask their own questions.
There will be a Covid-19 update from director of Public Health Carole Furlong and details about the vaccine rollout from Dr Genevieve Small, Chair of NHS Harrow CCG. Dr Ameet Bakhai, Consultant Cardiologist and Research Director, and Cultural Historian Patrick Vernon, Independent Adviser on Equality Diversity and Inclusion for Harrow Council, will also be on the panel – and there will be addresses from CEO Sean Harriss and myself.
This important webinar is open to everyone in Harrow – please circulate this letter and the meeting details widely to all your congregation/members/service users.
Join the webinar here or phone 0330 088 5830 (webinar ID: 951 9006 7547, passcode: 559647).
Hope to see you there.
In the meantime, please continue to test regularly to fight Covid and help protect your loved ones.
I’d be grateful if you could help us to get this important message out to your network too. To help we have resources available, including information in a range of community languages. For further information about testing please see the council’s website.
Please stay safe and take every precaution to do so.
Cllr Graham Henson
Leader of Harrow Council