A high percentage of Chiswick residents who are in the Government’s top category of those eligible to be vaccinated against Covid at this stage have already been vaccinated.
LB Hounslow’s Director of Public Health Kelly O’Neill told The Chiswick Calendar that 78% of the top priority group in Chiswick – those over 80, people who are housebound or living in care homes, have already had their jabs.
‘This higher uptake was due to an additional unexpected delivery which means that the GPs needed to respond and add additional capacity to ensure the vaccination was administered’ she said.
Over LB Hounslow as a whole, total vaccinations given up till Monday 18 January exceeded 8000. Of those, 28% are Chiswick priority residents.
‘Maximum 15 minute wait’ for vaccinations
In Chiswick, the vaccinations are being given at Chiswick Health Centre. Sarah Herdman, the Practice Manager said:
‘We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers who are supporting the delivery of the vaccinations. The delay in delivery and the double delivery led to a change of plan and queues for a short period which we apologise for but after some fast planning and adjustment we cleared any queues and believe that we now have a process that means a 15-minute wait is the maximum’.
New mass vaccination centre being planned for Brentford
A new mass vaccination centre is planned for Brentford which will become operational in mid-February.
There is also another large mass vaccination site planned to be located ‘in a shared location just outside the Borough boundaries’ from the beginning of February. The NHS do not make pubic the addresses of vaccination sites except to people who are invited to attend for vaccination.
Image above: Site of new Covid testing site for people who have Covid symptoms; Google Maps
New testing centres
The public can now get a Covid test whether they are showing any symptoms of the disease or not.
New test site in Stamford Brook for people with symptoms
A new site for testing people who have symptoms is planned to open soon in the car park at Welstead Way W4 1NH in the Stamford Brook area of Chiswick. It will be built on Monday 25 January, with a pilot test due on Wednesday 27 January.
To access the site residents need to go to the request a test portal as usual. This site will be listed after 27 January. You cannot just turn up and expect to be tested.
Image above: Isleworth Library; Google Streetview
New test site in Isleworth for people without symptoms
A new site went live on Tuesday 19 January for asymptomatic testing at Isleworth Library, Twickenham Rd, Isleworth TW7 7EU, which may be the nearest one for some people living in south Chiswick.
Another, at the Wellington Day Centre 292 Staines Rd, Hounslow TW4 5BA went live on Monday 18 January.
The asymptomatic tests are Lateral Flow tests, which take 15 minutes and provide a result within 40 minutes are available for anyone who still needs to go out for work – key workers, carers, tradespeople and essential retail workers – who need a quick result and regular testing. The tests are free. Book a test here.
A mobile test van has also been set up, which will focus on businesses.
‘It is important that this resource targets areas where the number of case is very high in order to bring down rates where there is significant community transmission’ Kelly told The Chiswick Calendar.
The Rapid testing sites have been open at Hounslow House and Heston Library since 4 January and by 14 January more than 1,000 people had been tested.
LB Hounslow now has the highest rate of Covid infection in London. Council Leader Steve Curran and Director of Public Health Kelly O’Neill are urging people to stay home.
Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:
“The current infection rate in the borough is extremely high and we’re doing all we can to help reduce it as quickly as possible. Rapid testing is an opportunity for us all to do our bit, and plays an important role in tackling the virus by identifying those who don’t have symptoms, but who may still have coronavirus and be spreading it without knowing. If you can’t work from home, or if others in your household still go out for work, please book your rapid test online.”
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