Public Health - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID Community Grants and Residential Care Settings

Vaccination

The legal deadline for care home staff to have their COVID vaccination is getting closer. Staff need to meet the deadline of 11 November 2021 to be double vaccinated. If you have a questions about vaccination or need support to access vaccination, please email vaccination@iow.gov.uk.

Help Through Crisis (HTC) scheme

HTC aims to assist island residents who are in genuine hardship.

People who need further support this winter on the Island can apply online at Islehelp.me - Help Through Crisis.

If you need help to apply, please telephone the ‘Help Through Crisis team’ at Citizens Advice IW on 01983 823859 during business hours.

We are currently updating our Care Home Support Plan. We anticipate this be available by 1 October 2021.

Residential care settings

We continue to be in regular contact with care settings across the island. We are issuing frequent updates as well as guidance on managing health and safety in care settings, illness prevention and where to go for support. You can also access further guidance for supported living and homecare.

Director of Public Health Position Statement

The current advice of the Isle of Wight Health Protection Board is that care home visits can go ahead where appropriate safeguards are in place to limit the risk of COVID-19 as outlined in national guidance. There may be exceptions in some locations that take specific circumstances into account. Visits in our own care homes are taking place with measures to protect our residents, staff and visitors.

Personal Protective Equipment

There has been a lot written in the media about the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The Government has issued new national guidance on infection prevention and control. The guidance includes updated information for those working in residential care settings; of particular use will be the recommended PPE guidance.