Variant of Concern (Delta variant)
This new B.1.617 variant of concern, that was first identified in India, is more transmissible – or easier to spread, than previous variants. It has caused transmission rates to increase rapidly in Bolton over the past few weeks and so we’re taking steps in Manchester to help stop the spread.
Preventative Vaccination Drive
Preventative Vaccination Drives are being introduced in eight areas of the city where the risk of the variant of concern spreading quickly is higher. This includes:
- Moss Side
- Whalley Range.
First dose vaccinations will be offered to all households and families in these areas for anyone eligible aged 18 and over, in line with JCVI guidance.
If you live in one of these areas, you'll receive a message from your GP when it is your turn to either make an appointment or attend a local vaccination clinic, you do not need to contact your GP.
Contact tracing and support to self-isolate
We’re providing extra support to help people to stay at home when they need to self-isolate. This support (including help with money or grants) will either be identified by the contact tracer, or people can seek help directly via Manchester’s Community Support Hub.
If you are asked to self-isolate and need help and support with food, medical supplies or other COVID-related support call the Hub on Freephone: 0800 234 6123 or text: 078600 22876 or email COVIDSupport@manchester.gov.uk, (Monday -Friday 9am - 5pm).
Face coverings in education settings
In line with other Greater Manchester areas, Manchester’s schools, higher education colleges and universities have been asked to promote the continued use of face coverings for all until the end of this half-term.