Leader's weekly update transcript - 09/07/21
Hi, it's Kim here.
The news that the government is planning for an easing of all restrictions as early as July 19th comes at a time when the virus rate in our town continues to rise. We also have fewer people vaccinated here than the national average. We have been worried about this for some time and with our partners have been raising our concerns with health officials and doing all we can to help.
At a meeting this week with the chief executive of the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups it has been agreed to increase the number of places you can get your vaccination in our town and a plan is being developed to do this quickly.
Our website and social media channels will keep you updated about where you can get your vaccination in our town.
If you haven't yet had your jab, please book it now using the NHS website or by calling 119. Call the travel coordinator line on 07871 603235 if you have difficulty getting to a vaccination centre.
While we may be looking forward to the lifting of restrictions we are still concerned about the virus. Even after restrictions are lifted, we must continue to be careful to ensure we can enjoy the things we want to this summer. We can help to protect each other by having our jabs and taking lateral flow tests before we see other people.
The pandemic has shown the fantastic community spirit we have in Hastings so let's continue to support and care for each other as we emerge from the restrictions. Kindness and compassion are so important.
With the summer holidays approaching children who are entitled to free meals during term time can also access them during the holidays and local schools should be providing information to parents and carers.
Find out about the exciting sessions our Active Hastings team will be running throughout the summer, with free hot meals for those entitled to them on their Facebook page.
Full details of East Sussex County Council's Holiday Food and Fun programme including all the local organisations taking part are on their website.
This week marks the 26th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide and the theme of "Rebuilding Lives" encourages us to think about the spirit of the survivors of Srebrenica, who lost more than 8,000 of their boys and men simply because of their religion.
We should remember those who were killed and come together to help build a more unified, stronger, safer society; one free from hate, discrimination, and prejudice. You can read more about the importance of Srebrenica Memorial Week on our website, where you will find our council's statement and links to the website.
Thanks for listening and good luck to the England men's team on Sunday!
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