COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Support - Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information & Support

Welcome to our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) resources page.

Here you will will find a range of links and resources aimed at supporting VCSE organisations, their staff, volunteers and users throughout the Covid-19 Panedemic.

This page isn’t intended to to contain every possible resource (that’s what Google is for!), but if you feel there is something important we have missed from this page, please email us on commshub@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk.

WVSC Update

Changes to the way we are working

Our offices are currently closed to the public and in light of current Government guidance we have made changes to the way that we are working.

We continue to provide support remotely, by telephone, email and online.

We are also offering some face to face support on an appointment only basis

To get in touch with any of our services please call 01902 773 761 or email recept@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk.

Vaccine Information

About the Vaccines

Vaccines reduce the spread of infectious diseases and even get rid of some altogether. Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses.

Are they safe? Have they been tested enough?
All steps in the usual vaccine development process were rigorously followed for the Covid-19 vaccines. They have undergone months of testing and the MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) approval processes means you can be sure that they meet strict safety standards and offer high levels of protection. It would not be approved for use by the MHRA if it wasn’t safe and effective.

Won’t it give me Covid?
Like all other vaccines, the Covid-19 vaccine CANNOT give you the illness it is protecting you from. You might experience mild side effects, such as a sore arm, after having your jab – but you won’t get Covid.

I’ve had my jab, can I now do what I like?
No; it it’s really important that once you’ve had your jab, you continue to follow the rules that are in place to stop the spread of Covid-19, to protect yourselves and others and to bring the infection rate down. So that means following the latest government guidance and practising Hands, Face, Space.

The first dose will give you good protection from Covid-19 after two or three weeks, but you’ll need the second dose, given between three and 12 weeks later, to receive longer lasting protection.

Do the vaccines contain egg or animal products?
No, the approved Covid-19 vaccines do not contain any animal products or egg.

Can I have the vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
There’s no suggestion it’s unsafe to have the vaccine if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. But more clinical evidence from trials is needed before you will be offered it in pregnancy.

Are there any side effects?
Side effects from having the vaccines are mild and won’t last very long. They could include a sore arm where the needle went in, tiredness or a headache. You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

There is more information and advice available here and you can access the Government’s Vaccine Delivery Plan here.

How can our staff / volunteers get vaccinated?

Do you have front line staff who are working face to face with vulnerable customers and regularly spending 15 minutes+ with them but have not yet been offered a vaccination? Find out about eligibility here.

Vaccine Scams

Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.

  • The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
  • The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Vaccine Misinformation

False information, when shared, can take on a life of its own and have serious consequences. Recently there has been a lot of false information about coronavirus and the new vaccines designed to tackle it. It’s not always easy to spot.

The SHARE checklist is an easy tool to pass on to people in your community to help them know what to look out for before they like, comment or share information they come across online.

If you’d like to share vaccine information with your organisation or community, you can download the COVID-19 Vaccine Comms Pack for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations here.

Testing Information

Symptomatic testing

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, you need to have a test in the first 8 days of showing symptoms. If you have symptoms, you should immediately self-isolate for 10 days and book a test online or by calling 119.

Asymptomatic testing

Rapid testing is only available for people without symptoms of Covid-19 who haven’t been instructed to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. Find out more about our testing centres here.

Volunteering Opportunities

Test Centre Volunteers

City of Wolverhampton Council requires Lateral Flow Testing Operative Volunteers for their testing centres.

Volunteers are required to support testing being carried out at the Civic Centre and at new testing centres opening across the city – all of which urgently need volunteers to help with their programmes.

If you are interested in this and other roles that may become available, please contact:

Wolverhampton Volunteer Centre
Email: wtonvolunteers@wolverhamptonvsc.org.uk
Phone: 01902 328 980
Web: wtonvolunteers.org

General Advice

Guidance for reopening spaces & places

Individual Risk Assessments
Working Safely Resources

A range of resources to help you risk assess and prepare / review for working safely during Covid-19.

Government Guidance

Guidance for VCSE orgs

Mutual Aid Information

Links & Resources

There is a city-wide Mutual Aid Facebook Group as well as a number of ward / neighbourhood based groups, which can be found on the Mutual Aid Map, along with info on food banks and other organisations offering support.

Health & Wellbeing

Links & Resources
  • wolverhampton.gov.uk
    Coronavirus advice and information
  • Black Country Mental Health Support Helpline Telephone: 0345 6460827
    The helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Mental Health Map
    A map / directory of mental health support services in Wolverhampton.
  • Wolverhampton Samaritans
    Contact us on 116 123 free from any phone
  • ChatHealth
    A New Text Messaging Service for Young People
  • KOOTH
    Free, anonymous online counselling and support for young people 11-18
  • NHS: how to deal with change and uncertainty during COVID-19
    We have all faced change and uncertainty during the Covid-19 outbreak, and it looks set to continue a little longer. It’s easy to get caught in a spiral of “what ifs” – worrying about our health, family, job and finances. Here are some ways we can manage this uncertainty, reducing stress and helping us to cope better, as well as places you can go to get further free advice and support.

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