December Recovery Briefing
Healthwatch West Berkshire December Board Meeting Online 
Thank you to everyone that attended our final board meeting of 2020. Thanks to Time to Talk for their presentation on Youth Mental Health.

HERE to access the agenda from the meeting and the minutes from the previous meeting.
First Person to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.

Margaret Keenan, who turns 91 next week, said the injection she received at 06:31 GMT was the "best early birthday present".

It was the first of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine that will be dispensed in the coming weeks.

Up to four million more are expected by the end of the month.

Hubs in the UK are starting the rollout by vaccinating the over-80s and some health and care staff.

Click HERE or the image above to read the full story.
Hospitals to start biggest ever NHS Vaccination Programme 
The NHS will begin vaccinating patients against coronavirus at dozens of hospital hubs from this week at the start of the biggest immunisation programme in history.

People aged 80 and over as well as care home workers will be first to receive the jab, along with NHS workers who are at higher risk.

NHS staff are working through the weekend to prepare for the launch of the programme with the first vaccinations happening from Tuesday.

There are 50 hubs in the first wave and more hospitals will start vaccinating over the coming weeks and months as the programme ramps up.

Patients aged 80 and above who are already attending hospital as an outpatient, and those who are being discharged home after a hospital stay, will be among the first to receive the life-saving jab.

Click HERE or the image above to read the full story.
COVID-19: What you need to know when visiting a care home
New government guidance recognises how important it is to allow care home residents to safely meet their loved ones.

Whilst preventing infections and protecting staff and residents remains a priority, new guidance sets out arrangements for visitor testing along with other infection control measures, allowing for safe, meaningful visits by Christmas.

Click HERE or the image above to read the guidance.
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