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Covid updates for staff including vaccine, myths and shielding

Fertility, Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine - The Facts In this new and updated video on fertility, pregnancy and the COVID-19 vaccine, Midwife Emma Chambers answers some of the common questions about having the vaccine if you're pregnant or thinking of having a baby. At present, pregnant women are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine if they:

  • Are a frontline health or social care worker.

  • Have a condition that puts them at high risk of serious complications from COVID-19.

There is no evidence that the COVID-19 vaccine effects fertility.

Top Tips on How to Spot and Stop False Information Recently there has been a lot of false information shared via social media about the COVID-19 vaccine. When false information is shared, it can take on a life of its own and have serious consequences. Check out the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s community-led social media toolkit for short and shareable posts, with simple tips that will empower communities with the resources they need to help stop the spread of misinformation. The toolkit includes videos, animations and quotes encouraging people to fact-check information before sharing online.

The NHS is the best source of info about the COVID-19 vaccine. Up to date information is available on the NHS website.

Shielding Ends 1 April 2021

The COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable has been updated.

This means that from 1 April clinically extremely vulnerable people in England will no longer need to shield and those on the shielded patient list can begin to follow the national restrictions alongside the rest of the population. However, these people are still advised to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe from COVID-19.

Over the next two weeks, people on the shielded patient list will receive an advice letter that sets out practical steps on how to reduce their risk of catching the virus.

These steps include:

  • Continuing to maintain strict social distancing.

  • Keeping overall social contacts at low levels.

  • Continuing to work from home where possible.

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