Coronavirus Weekly Update From The City Council 2 July 2021

Welcome to the coronavirus weekly update from Birmingham City Council 25 June 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

It’s really important to get both doses of your vaccine to get maximum protection against COVID-19

Anyone over the age of 18 is now eligible to book a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. Schedule your appointment today by calling 119.

Second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being accelerated for all over-40s. You can now receive your second dose eight weeks after your first. 40 or over? Rebook yours now.

COVID-19 walk-in appointments are on offer across Birmingham and Solihull. These appointments are for first doses and those eligible to receive a second dose (second dose appts must be at least 8 weeks after the first appointment).

Millions of people in England are already using regular rapid COVID-19 testing to help protect those around them. Tests are free, easy to do, and results come back within 30 minutes. Free COVID-19 tests are available for all adults in England.

Meeting up with friends and family today? It’s safest to stay outside in the fresh air so any COVID particles get blown away. If you DO go inside, open a window to let fresh air in.

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

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

Local news

The Birmingham and West Midlands ticket ballot for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games opens in just two weeks! Residents of Birmingham and the West Midlands can apply for an early release of tickets from 14 to 30 July 2021.

The creation of a brand new innovative and sustainable city quarter – Smithfield Birmingham – will provide local jobs, amenities and over 3,000 much needed new homes for the city, as well as opening up wider opportunities for regeneration. And the new Be Bold, Be Birmingham street art mural has been unveiled to celebrate a new era for the area. 

Connectivity in Birmingham is set to move up a gear, with the council rolling out gigabit-capable broadband across its housing stock. COVID has shown how important it is to be able to stay in touch with loved ones and access online services, school work and training during lockdown: with some of our most vulnerable citizens lacking access.

The council has given the green light for dozens of new homes for social rent to be built in the Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath East Ward.

The council has been awarded Modeshift STARS Business Bronze Accreditation for its green travel initiatives and encouraging staff to take up more sustainable methods of transport.

In a new blog, the council’s leader, Cllr Ian Ward, reflects on some of the key developments in the city over the last month.

Birmingham residents are being advised that Perry Barr Household Recycling Centre will be temporarily closed from 31 July whilst major improvement works are undertaken.

Birmingham’s diversity, creativity and spirit are set to be celebrated in a new artwork due to be unveiled in the city centre. Forward Together is a reimagining of the city’s crest.

This summer, Birmingham will be putting on the country’s biggest and most ambitious new holiday activities and food programme – Bring it on Brum!

What are your views on the council’s online services? The council is working on its new digital strategy, which will shape our online services and impact every citizen of Birmingham. Have your say in our short online survey by 18 July.

We want to hear from the people of Birmingham on a strategy that deals with drug and alcohol addiction. Our aim is zero deaths or overdoses due to drug or alcohol addiction and zero people living with any addiction without the support needed to manage it.

It’s important to find out if you need planning permission before you make improvements or changes to a property. There is an easy way to find out about planning permission and about current planning applications online on the council’s website.

If you have been made redundant, the National Careers Service can support you to assess and develop your skills, plan for your future and move into employment. Call 0800 100 900 or visit the website.

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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