All adults now eligible for the Covid Vaccine

From today, you can now get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’re aged 18 or over.  You can book appointments at a vaccination centre or pharmacy now, here . 

In a joint statement, Council Leader Coun Mohammed Khan CBE, Strategic Director of Adults & Health Sayyed Osman, and Director of Public Health Prof Dominic Harrison said “It’s vital that everyone takes up the offer of the vaccine as soon as possible – and we remind all those residents who have had their first dose to make an appointment to have their second dose within eight weeks.”

Latest Update from Dominic Harrison, Director of Pubic Health for Blackburn with Darwen

Dominic Harrison has published his latest update on the Coronavirus situation in Blackburn with Darwen.  It includes:

  • “The first confirmed case of the Covid19 Delta Variant was identified in Blackburn with Darwen on April 7th 2021. Since then, everyone working on the pandemic across the Borough have had their ‘pants on fire’ mounting a fantastic ‘surge response’ to the rise in cases.
  • “This response has included council staff, NHS staff, the police, the social care sector, the voluntary faith and community sector, Covid Community Champions and the business and commercial sector across the Borough.
  • “It now looks just possible that we have a positive result. The confirmed case rates in Blackburn with Darwen rose to a peak rate of 667 per 100,000 on the 6th June, but they have since fallen consecutively over the next three days to the 10th June where they ended at 599 per 100,000.
  • “This week the government have put back the final lockdown lifting step to the 19th July. They have named all of Lancashire and Greater Manchester as areas of high and rising cases of the Delta variant. They will be expected to step up their surge response in ways similar to the responses mounted recently by Bolton and Blackburn with Darwen.
  • “National modelling data is giving very strong signals that, even if we stick to Step 3 of lockdown lifting, the whole of the UK may be headed  for a third wave peaking late July or August. For the North West Region this will be a fourth wave.
  • “This is being termed the pandemic ‘exit wave’. To meet this wave we need as many as possible to have double dose vaccine protection. Across Pennine Lancashire, stepping up our second dose vaccination rate to 90% of the eligible population, as soon as possible, will now need to be the number 1 priority for us all.”

Extra Council support payments available for people self-isolating

Blackburn with Darwen Council has introduced an additional new Test and Trace discretionary support payment to help people who have to self isolate following a positive covid test.  The extra short term fund has been added alongside the usual Test and Trace Support Payment scheme to make sure more people are eligible for the £500 financial assistance over the 10-day isolation period and to make it easier for people to be able to stay at home if they have received a positive test.

To get the Test and Trace discretionary support payment you:

  • must have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • must have responded to messages received from NHS Test and Trace in which you are required to provide your contact details and where you have tested positive, the details of your contacts
  • be employed or self-employed
  • must be unable to work from home and will lose income as a result
  • must reside within the borough of Blackburn with Darwen.
  • must have annual earnings of £25,225 or less if a single person, or £50,450 or less if a couple.
  • You can find out more here:

Eviction Protection for Commercial Tenants

Businesses that have had to remain closed during the pandemic and are unable to pay rent on their commercial property will continue to be protected from eviction, giving them the breathing space they need and helping to protect jobs, the government has announced.

In order to give places such as nightclubs and other hospitality businesses the help they need to recover from the pandemic, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has announced that legislation will be introduced in this parliamentary session to ringfence outstanding unpaid rent that has built up when a business has had to remain closed during the pandemic. Landlords are expected to make allowances for the ringfenced rent arrears from these specific periods of closure due to the pandemic, and share the financial impact with their tenants.

The legislation will help tenants and landlords work together to come to an agreement on how to handle the money owed – this could be done by waiving some of the total amount or agreeing a longer-term repayment plan.  This agreement should be between the tenant and landlord and, if in some cases, an agreement cannot be made, the law will ensure a binding arbitration process will be put in place so that both parties can come to a formal agreement. This will be a legally binding agreement that both parties must adhere to.

In order to ensure landlords are protected, the government is making clear that businesses who are able to pay rent, must do so. Tenants should start paying their rent as soon as restrictions change, and they are given the green light to open.

The existing measures in place to protect commercial tenants from eviction will be extended to 25 March 2022.

More information can be found here:

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