Help is here for Mancunians facing Covid this Christmas

Over the past two weeks a huge amount of work has been carried out to get people their Covid booster jabs.

Over the past two weeks a huge amount of work has been carried out to get people their Covid booster jabs. 

This has been met with a wave of enthusiasm, with tens of thousands of people being jabbed across the city. 

But, in spite of this great effort the Council knows that there will still be many people affected by Covid this Christmas. But, Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig wants people to know that help is on offer to anyone in need. 

She said: “We’ve seen an incredible wave of support over the past few weeks and to see so many people, in their hundreds and thousands queueing for their jab has been really encouraging to see. 

“But, we know that Christmas can be a difficult time of year for some people and even without Covid, it’s a period where an extra helping hand is needed. 

“There are support services still running in Manchester which can help residents who need access to food, medicine, or sometimes just a friendly voice to talk to.” 

Support available includes the recently relaunched ManchesterJabCab – a free taxi service for people who would otherwise be unable to get to a vaccination site. 

www.manchester.gov.uk/manchesterjabcab 

The Manchester Community Helpline will also be running over the festive period. This number - 0800 840 3858 to ring, or 07890 036892 via text – can be used by community groups who are looking for support and advice for residents about Covid. 

The Community Response Hub will also be running, supporting residents who may not be able to access essentials such as food, medicine, or require help paying their bills. Residents can ring 0800 234 6123 if they need to access to this service. 

www.manchester.gov.uk/communityresponse 

The Council earlier this year also committed to providing financial relief to residents who received Council Tax Support, setting aside £6.5m to support more than 53,000 people throughout December through either £70 or £100 grants.

This is on top of the pledge to provide free school meals throughout the holiday period for families who are struggling.

Cllr Craig continued: “The most important thing we want people to know over Christmas is that if they need help they’re not alone. We’ve created a simple website, at manchester.gov.uk/getmyjab which has all of our resources in one easy place.

“We want people to have a safe and happy Christmas and more than ever, even with Christmas Day so close if you’ve not had your jab or booster yet, please take it up. 

“It’s never too late to get jabbed and ensure that we all have a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.”

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