12-15 year olds who are clinically vulnerable to the virus or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness can also get the vaccine, however must wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking.
The vaccine rollout has been a massive undertaking and 162,000 residents have had their first dose of the vaccine, however there are still many who haven’t yet had theirs. Around half of 18-29 year olds haven’t yet had their first dose, so there is still a long way to go in the vaccination programme. Please do encourage anyone in your life who hasn’t yet had their first dose to go along to one of our clinics to get their protection.
By taking both doses of the vaccine, it will reduce your chances of getting infected by almost 80%, and means in certain situations you may not have to self-isolate.
As some of you may know I am standing down as leader of Waltham Forest Council so this will be my last message. Serving as leader of the best borough in the best city in the world has been both a privilege and a pleasure.
Lots of options where you can get your vaccine this week!
Residents aged 16 and over can get their covid vaccine at a variety of venues.
Don’t miss out – get your protection and reduce the risk of infection for yourself and your loved ones.
Thursday 26 Aug:
10am-2.30pm at Leytonstone Library for AstraZeneca
2pm - 8pm at Walthamstow Library for Pfizer
3pm-7pm at Leyton Cricket Hub for Pfizer
Friday 27 Aug:
8.30am-2.30pm at Walthamstow Library for Pfizer
Saturday 28 Aug:
10am-5pm at Tawhid Mosque in Leyton, for Pfizer
Tuesday 31 Aug:
9am-12pm at Paradox Community Centre in Chingford, for Pfizer
As most Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted we would like to find out how you’re feeling about the changes and understand what life has been like for you living through the pandemic.
By filling in our resident survey you’ll get to share your thoughts on the local area and community, and tell us about your hopes and aspirations for the future. This way we can make sure our resources are in the right place.
If you are aged 16 and over and live in Waltham Forest please take a few minutes to fill out our resident survey.
Leytonstone Loves Film is back for 2021 and there really is something for everyone in this year’s line-up.
From family-friendly favourites to cutting edge horror, we’re delighted to partner with the Barbican to present this celebration of the silver screen in Leytonstone, the birthplace of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock.
Play is important for adults as well as kids – that’s why we are delighted to announce the first-ever Waltham Forest Jump festival, a chance for all to get out and enjoy having fun with friends, family, and neighbours.
Between Friday 17 and Saturday 26 September we’ll host a range of events across the borough jam-packed with real world and digital work from local, national and international artists, game designers and community groups, much of it commissioned especially for the festival.
The festival will include activities for Car Free Day on Saturday 22 September. Don’t miss out on the first Waltham Forest Play festival!
Testing remains important to stop the virus from spreading within our schools and settings. As the summer holidays come to an end, we ask that secondary pupils and staff take a Covid-19 test before the new term starts.
If your child develops Covid-19 symptoms, they must not attend school. Please follow government guidance and keep your child at home and book a PCR test as soon as possible. Adults and secondary school aged children should continue testing for Covid-19 twice a week for additional safety in our community.
Testing is widely available:
Walk in to any of our test sites
Pick up a kit from over 50 locations across the borough, including your local pharmacy or, order online
The weekly count of people catching Covid-19 in the past week is just below 700 cases in Waltham Forest. Let’s continue to follow the guidance and protect ourselves, friends and loved ones when spending time with one another and while out in the borough.
We can all stay safe by:
Wearing a mask in indoor public spaces
Social distancing in crowded places
Washing our hands regularly
Letting the fresh air in - if meeting people indoors who you don't live with
Are you 16 to 24 years old, unemployed and on Universal Credit? A six-month Kickstart work placement could give you essential experience to start a career. You would earn a salary and gain skills while you work for 25 hours each week.
There are thousands of high-quality Kickstart work placements in media, marketing, administration, construction, warehousing, manufacturing and many other sectors.
Find out if Kickstart is right for you, speak to your work coach or email us:
On Wednesday 1 September, a new service will be available for residents to get all the help they need to quit smoking. The free Stop Smoking service is open to anyone aged over 12 who lives, works, studies or is registered with a GP in the borough.
The service provides one-to-one telephone, digital or face-to-face support from a specialist stop smoking practitioner, free nicotine replacement therapy, digital support and apps available 24-hours-a-day, plus support in a wide range of languages.
Parents of young children and young people are particularly encouraged to contact the service for support.
Starting tomorrow it’s Black Breastfeeding Week, and we’re celebrating Black mothers in the borough. Research showed that women of Black African origin in the UK had some of the highest infant mortality rates and evidence suggests breastfeeding can help.
The challenges of motherhood are many but please know that you are not alone. Emotional and practical support is important for all women who want to breastfeed, as the benefits can be life changing for both mum and baby.
HENRY in Waltham Forest is a free service to support all families with infant feeding and one to one support.
Looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained this Bank Holiday weekend? Head to Fellowship Square, where they (and you) can enjoy a fantastic line-up of free activities, entertaining street performances and live music.
Walthamstow Youth Circus will be teaching hula hooping and juggling skills, there’s facemask and puppet crafting workshops, interactive street theatre, amazing bubbleologists, stilt walkers, live DJ sets from The Disco Shed - guaranteed to get you dancing and lots more! Check the website for each day’s events.
Information and advice regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is changing quickly and its important you keep up to date with those changes. The Council will be using email newsletters to keep residents and businesses up to date.
If residents have questions please visit our website, and use live chat to talk to one of our team, it's quicker than phoning.