Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 28 May 2021


Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 28 May 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. .If you have friends and family who are not online, please share the information in this bulletin with them.

You can find a full suite of information about Covid-19 on the council’s website.

Covid-19 news

Like to join our growing team of amazing volunteer COVID Champions – and help share COVID guidance, advice and support throughout YOUR community?

Did you know pregnant women CAN have the COVID jab? You’ll be offered the jab at the same time as people of the same age or risk group.

The first dose of the COVID vaccine offers a high level of protection, but to get longer-lasting protection everyone needs a second jab.  Please return for your second one when you’re contacted, or if you have an appointment.

ALL adults in England can easily get FREE, rapid COVID tests. You can order or collect packs of tests to do at home – and report your results online.

If YOU are aged 30 or over, or if you turn 30 before 1 July, you can now book your COVID vaccine.

COVID support payments of £500 are available if you have to self-isolate. You may be eligible if you are on low income, can’t work from home, face financial hardship or have a child who is self-isolating. 

Fresh air is one of our best defences against COVID. So, if YOU you’re meeting up with friends, outside is still safest because COVID particles are blown away.

Worried about COVID? All of us get worried from time to time, but there are things you can do to help. The NHS Every Mind Matters website is full of tips and advice for dealing with worried and anxious feelings.

Catching the bus, train or tram to and from work? Around 1 in 3 people who have COVID have no symptoms and are spreading it without knowing it. Keep YOUR distance – and wear a mask to cut the risk.

The COVID traffic light system for international travel means new rules on testing and quarantine for passengers. Find out how travel will be different and what you need to.

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

Local news

With COVID restrictions easing – and businesses reopening – NOW is the time to rediscover the beauty of the West Midlands: with vibrant cultural events, food from around the world, Brum canals… Birmingham has something for EVERYONE!

Birmingham’s new Lord Mayor, Cllr Muhammad Afzal, has taken up office in a special Mayor-making ceremony at the Council House.

Director of Public Health, Dr Justin Varney, talks about why the need for a Clean Air Zone is still essential. Are YOU ready for 1 June, when the Clean Air Zone launches? Find out more and apply for support.

Hackney carriage drivers may be able to upgrade their vehicles to help get ready for the Clean Air Zone. Find out more and apply for support today.

Our green and blue spaces have never been more important – and Birmingham is starting its journey to become a City of Nature over the next 25 years. Find out more – and get involved!

Have YOU used the Commonwealth Games Jobs and Skills Academy? For many roles, no prior experience is needed – applications open in June, and you can register your interest now.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee is looking for more than 13,000 spirited volunteers to be the heartbeat of this hotly-anticipated global extravaganza. Are YOU ready to become a Games volunteer?

On your marks get set! The deadline for round one applications for the Celebrating Communities Small Grants Funding Scheme is 1 June. Submit YOUR application now!

Plans to improve key routes for pedestrians and cyclists between transport hubs venues during the Commonwealth Games which will have a wider community benefit have been announced.

As we head for the Games, Perry Barr is looking great. It’s exciting to see projects already coming to life – from new housing, to high quality infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.

Who says councils are stuffy? WE have joined TikTok! Check out BeBoldBeBham for a fun, light-hearted and different take on our brilliant city and people!

What are YOUR views on council digital services? Join in one-hour discussions on our new digital strategy which will impact citizens. Email or call 07816 082 275 to take part.

Does YOUR youngster have special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND)? Find out about the SEND help that’s available.

Got a careers question? Careers advisers are available online for webchats and to answer all YOUR questions from 1pm every day.

The West Midlands is set for a real jobs boost, as HS2 Ltd confirms they have signed their construction contract with Mace Group and Dragados to start work on the new station: with 1,000 jobs, 100 apprenticeships and 100 entrant roles up for grabs!

Are YOU looking for a Birmingham school job? Check out all the latest vacancies.

You need work experience to get a job, but you can’t get experience without a job. Sound familiar? Traineeships are the answer. And Career Foundations is offering traineeships in Media, Tech, Charities and Film! If you’re aged 18-24, sign up now.

West Midlands Cycle Hire is now live in Brum – and, to celebrate, they are offering ALL riders their first 30 minutes FREE! Just download the app and get ready to ride! 

Council questions? Did YOU know you can contact our council Customer Services team on Twitter, to help you with any service enquiries you may have? Use this account: @BCC_Help

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