May 7th Health Briefing
Breaking News - Under 40's to be offered alternative to Astra Zeneca Vaccine

Most adults under the age of 40 will be given an alternative to the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine due to a link with rare blood clots.

The UK's medicines safety regulator says there have been 242 clotting cases and 49 deaths, with 28.5 million doses of the vaccine administered. But the risk is slightly higher in younger age groups.

Low levels of coronavirus cases and the availability of alternative vaccines have also informed the decision.

Prof Wei Shen Lim, from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), said they were putting "a high priority on safety" and he expected the move would "serve to boost confidence" in the vaccination programme.

The risk of a clot is roughly one in 100,000 for people in their 40s, but rises to one in 60,000 for people in their 30s. Two in a million people in their 40s died rising to four per million people in their 30s.

here to read more details.

Covid-19 Vaccination Survey
The deadline to participate in a short five-minute anonymous Covid Vaccination survey is 6pm on Sunday 9th May 2021.

This survey will be used to gain insights into people’s views, their communications channels and motivations for getting a Covid vaccine. It’s your chance to have your say!

here to participate in this survey, or visit Berkshire West CCG website to learn more.

West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting
The West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board are meeting on Thursday 20th May at 9:30am. 

If you have a question for the Board that doesn't relate to an item on the agenda, then you have until 10am on Monday 10th May to submit it. You can learn how to submit a question here.
Our Covid-19 report will be an item discussed on the agenda at the West Berkshire Health and Wellbeing Board meeting.

If you have a question for the Board related to our report, or any other item on the meeting agenda, the deadline to submit these questions is 10am on Monday 17th May.

this webpage to learn more about this meeting. The agenda will be displayed next week.
Next Week is Mental Health Awareness Week

Next week from 10th - 16th May is Mental Health Awareness Week and nature is the theme.

Healthwatch West Berkshire are doing a campaign encouraging people to share a nature themed selfie with us.

If you are and about, do take a nature related selfie and share it with us by sending it to, tell us how nature has improved your mental health during Covid. We will be creating a Mental Health Awareness week video using these pictures and sharing it on various social media platforms.

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