Real weekly Covid-19 Bulletin 

Priority Covid-19 Information (1st April)


  1. Local update: 77,949 residents have now been vaccinated with their first dose in Tower Hamlets.
  1. Shielding to end from 1st April: Clinically extremely vulnerable people in England have been told they no longer need to shield from Thursday 1st April. People on the shielded patient list are advised they can follow national restrictions alongside the rest of the population, but still need to take extra precautions to keep themselves safe from COVID-19. Find out more information on the government website.
  1. Roadmap – 29th March: This week further restrictions were lifted as part of the government’s four step roadmap back to ‘normal life’. From the 29th March, outdoor gathering of up to 6 people are allowed, and outdoor sports can take place. Although you can leave your house, the government are asking people to ‘stay local’. Watch this video for more information about what you can and cannot do.
  1. Booking your second vaccine: If you booked your first dose through your GP, they will contact you via text or phone call to book you in for your second vaccine around 11 weeks later. If you booked your first dose online through one of the online booking systems, you will be able to book your second vaccine again directly through the national booking system.
  1. Vaccination for people on learning disability register: In February, the government made a decision to prioritise people who are on the GP register for learning disabilities for a coronavirus vaccination in England. If you would like more information about the coronavirus vaccine to help you, or the person you support understand their safety and the process of booking a vaccine, check out some of the easy read guides Real has put up on their website.
  1. Bengali vaccine webinar: Tower Hamlets Council have organised a virtual live Q&A session on Thursday 8th April at 7pm for our Bengali residents to find out more about the Covid-19 vaccine and ask a panel of health experts and local community leaders questions about the vaccination programme. Register for the event here.
  1. BBC Asian Network address vaccine concerns: BBC Asian Network have produced videos in five languages: Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu to help address any safety concerns around Covid vaccines in the South Asian community. Watch them here.