Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 14 February 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 14 Feb 21.

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

Do YOU have questions about the COVID vaccine? The new Birmingham and Solihull NHS website has useful FAQs that might help answer them.

Community pharmacy lateral flow testing sites are open across Birmingham. Click to find your local community pharmacy site (check back later if yours isn’t live yet).

COVID variant: we’re conducting doorstep testing in the Frankley area, so you don’t have to leave home to get tested. Test kits will be dropped off and collected the same day. The team will have ID and can be checked if you are concerned. This is just one part of wider testing for the variant in Frankley and parts of south Northfield, so please check whether you need a test using the postcode checker

Anyone 70 or over, who hasn’t yet received an NHS invitation for their first COVID vaccination, can now book a vaccination appointment by calling 119 or online

The Department of Health and Social Care has launched a new postcode checker for community COVID testing. This helps people who need to leave home for work find out if rapid COVID testing is offered by their local authority or near their place of work. Try the postcode checker now.

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

Birmingham City Council will be providing meal vouchers for half-term for families eligible for free school meals.

The council’s budget proposals have been presented to cabinet, before going to a meeting of full council on 23 February. Find out more and have your say on our vision and priorities for 2021/22.

The way we live, work and shop is always changing. The City of Centres theme of our Future Cities Plan  proposes flexible use of space around Birmingham, encouraging social interaction and welcoming new ways of living. Have YOUR say on the city’s future, by completing a survey.

It’s hard to believe, with the recent weather, but spring will soon be with us soon – with our gardens coming back to life. Order your garden waste collections now and take advantage of the discount.

Are YOU looking for a job in Birmingham? There are flexible, temporary and local vacancies available with the Census 2021 team.

Hackney Carriage drivers licensed by the council who drive a vehicle that will be charged when the Clean Air Zone goes live can now apply for a £5,000 grant towards a compliant taxi.

Concerned about someone sleeping rough during this cold weather? Tell StreetLink and alerts will then be sent to local outreach teams who can offer help and support.

If you are struggling to make ends meet, the council has various schemes which might help you such as Council Tax Support.

Welcome in Chinese New Year and celebrate The Year of The Ox with Birmingham Hippodrome as they share a series of films, from Friday 12 February.

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