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Coronavirus update and support Message from Dr Sarah McNulty Knowsley’s Director of Public Health

The last year has presented many challenges for everyone, but with case levels reducing and the vaccination programme now well underway in Knowsley, there is hope that we can start to return to some kind of normality soon.

Lockdown measures are gradually being eased with people now being able to meet in groups of six (or two households), golf courses reopening and the ‘stay at home’ rule will end. Further restrictions are due to be eased no earlier than 12 April if it is safe to do so.

This doesn’t mean the end of the virus, or that all restrictions have been completely relaxed, so it’s important that everyone continues to follow the rules that are in place and continue with the behaviours we are all now used to – regular hand washing, wearing a face covering where advised, maintaining social distancing and continuing to work from home if we can. Visit www.knowsleynews.co.uk for the latest information about the restrictions that are in place.

It’s also really important that everyone makes use of regular testing. By getting tested for the virus, even when not experiencing symptoms, we can identify cases and prevent outbreaks by self-isolating. The Government will only continue to ease restrictions if cases continue to fall. Further information about where to get tested can be found on Knowsley News.

The COVID vaccination programme is progressing well in Knowsley with thousands of residents having had their first vaccine, and many having their second dose (it is vitally important that you get your second dose to help build up immunity to the virus). The vaccine offers you the best protection from the virus.

The vaccine has been rigorously tested and gone through the same controls and approval process as other medicines we use in our daily lives.  Like all vaccines and medicines, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild and short-term side effects. However, not everyone will have them, and they usually only last a few hours to a day.

I often get asked if the vaccine will affect fertility. There is no evidence to suggest that the COVID-19 vaccine will affect fertility.

The pandemic has affected everyone differently, but I’d encourage anyone to seek help and support if they are struggling with issues such as anxiety or depression. The www.kindtoyourmind.org.uk website has a range of useful tips and advice, as well as contact details for support agencies can be provide tailored support.

Thank you for following the rules and helping to keep our communities safe.

Posted by on March 31st, 2021

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Coronavirus update and support Message from Dr Sarah McNulty Knowsley’s Director of Public Health

The last year has presented many challenges for everyone, but with case levels reducing and the vaccination programme now well underway in Knowsley, there is hope that we can start to return to some kind of normality soon.

Lockdown measures... Read more »


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