Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 9 January 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council.

The update lets you know about Birmingham City Council’s services, public health information, general advice on Covid-19, and other relevant news from the council and our partners so that we can keep you informed.
You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

Covid-19 news

Follow the latest national-lockdown guidance – and remember: staying at home is the single most important action we can all take to protect the NHS and save lives.

We want to encourage Birmingham residents to get tested for Covid – even if they don’t have symptoms. Several Covid mobile-testing units are operating in Birmingham for people who don’t have symptoms. Find out all you need to know to get a Covid test at centres across the city, with no symptoms, and through participating Community Pharmacies.

If you HAVE Covid symptoms, you should call 119 or go to the NHS website to book a test at one of the 12 local symptomatic testing sites across the city.

Millennium Point will become the first Covid-19 mass vaccination centre to operate in the Midlands from Mon 11 Jan. Run by the NHS on a strictly appointment-only basis, the NHS will be contacting people directly to book their appointments.

West Midlands council leaders, including the Leader of Birmingham City Council, are calling on supermarkets and all businesses that remain open during this national lock-down, urging them to step-up their Covid safety measures.

Beware of fraudulent calls and texts offering the Covid vaccination. The vaccine is only available from the NHS – and they will NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad, send a text, or provide bank details.

We know the Covid restrictions can be challenging – especially if you are apart from loved ones. If YOU are struggling with your mental health, Every Mind Matters has lots of advice and support.

Did you know that after clean water, vaccination is the most effective public health intervention in the world? Vaccines save lives – and it’s vital that everyone eligible gets vaccinated.

If YOU are experiencing domestic abuse, you do NOT have to stay at home. Domestic abuse services are still running during Covid – and you can still ask for help. Call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247 or visit nationaldahelpline.org.uk You can also call Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid on 0808 800 0028 or visit bswaid.org.

Visit the council’s website for translated audio and written information on Coronavirus Test and Trace.

For latest updates and advice on coronavirus, please visit the government website

Local news

The council is offering a FREE Christmas tree recycling service until 24 January. Your tree will be collected, chipped and used to create UK biomass electricity.

Due to national lockdown, the order- and-collect service at our libraries has closed. However, we do offer a range of digital services including free access to eBooks and eAudiobooks. You’ll find full details on all our virtual library services here. In line with national lockdown restrictions, only our market traders selling essential goods will be open.

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