Dear Community Champions,
It’s been a little while since I wrote to you as one of our Community Champions. Thank you for your help and support during what’s been an extraordinary time. However, as we approach the festive season with the Omicron variant now becoming the dominant variant of Coronavirus in the community, I want to personally ask for your further help to try and help protect all our residents.
You will, I’m sure, have seen and heard the latest updates about the impact Omicron is having on the virus. Cases across the Royal Borough are rising sharply, but there’s still a substantial percentage of our eligible population who’ve not yet taken up their vaccination offer. We also know getting vaccinated is the best way to help reduce the risk of both spreading and catching this virus; that this variant is vastly more transmissible than previous ones. This means it’s even more essential we seek to get everyone we can vaccinated.
Could I ask you to take every opportunity to encourage those in your local community, those you can influence through your networks, to take up the offer to get vaccinated. It’s never too late. Even if someone hasn’t yet had their first vaccination, it’s better to start now than think they’ve missed their chance. It is not, and every extra person we can persuade to get vaccinated will help reduce the risks to them, and their loved ones, and everyone in the community with whom they interact.
To help make this message even easier to share for you, here are five key points to use:
- Royal Borough cases are high (same level as the peak of infections last January) and the highest in Berkshire
- You catch Omicron the same way as Delta, of any other version of Coronavirus, by being close to other people who already have the virus
- The same protection measures work – wear a mask, healthy hand hygiene, be outside or open a window indoors, stay apart from other people wherever you can
- Get your vaccination and BOOSTER your immune system. Get your booster jab if you’ve already had jabs 1 and 2
- Test don’t guess – use lateral flow tests before you go out to be sure you don’t have the infection
Help us to help everyone to beat Covid together.
If you’ve any questions, or any further ideas, on how we can continue to spread these messages and encourage those not yet vaccinated to get their jabs – please do get in touch.
I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy festive season, to stay safe, to try and enjoy the holiday season, and bid you a Happy New Year for 2022.
Thank you again for your ongoing help and support.
Head of Communities at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead