Urgent call for volunteer assistance at local COVID testing hub

Due to the large number of Vaccine Hubs, urgent support is required at 1 of our testing hubs within the region.

The roles range from queue management, registration assistant (welcoming people to the testing site), test operative (actually processing the testing sample, in full PPE, training provided), result logger (logs result), evaluation (asks people why they’ve come, would they come again) and general role (would include cleaning).

Fen Road, Cambridge
The test site is open Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st 10- 6pm.  Staff would be expected to arrive by 9.15/9.30 latest.  The last test is 5.30pm, so we would hope staff could finish by 6.15-6.30.

If you are in a position where you can help support the testing hub, please contact Nikitta Vanterpool – Nikitta.vanterpool@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

Fake Covid-19 Vaccine Scam Text

Scammers continue to exploit the confusion and urgency of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims – this time by way of a fake text claiming the recipient can get a dose of one of the newly-approved vaccines.

The bogus message, seen below, states that the recipient is entitled to a vaccine and to receive more information they should click on the link in blue.

Unfortunately these texts are completely fake and if the link is clicked the recipient is taken to a webpage, branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see ‘proof of ownership of address’ in the form of their bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

Image of bogus webpage designed to steal information

Please do not give any bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address. Coronavirus vaccines are administered free of charge. Your surgery or the NHS will not ask for any money or bank details.

(N.B. Both the text message and the fake webpage it links to have spelling and grammatical errors which help to identify its illegitimacy but the scammers may get wise to that soon so don’t be fooled by a message that doesn’t appear to have such mistakes).

Beware also telephone calls claiming to be from NHS instructing you to press a key to confirm you’d like to receive the vaccine or asking for bank details as affirmation to receive the vaccine. Both are likely to result in financial fraud – either as a charge on your bill or unauthorised use of your bank account.

For genuine COVID-19 related advice including vaccination information, visit www.gov.uk and www.nhs.uk

Forward suspicious texts to 7726.

Third National Lockdown Announced

A third National Lockdown has been announced and will become law at one minute past midnight on Tuesday January 5, 2021.  Full details can be found on the .gov.uk/coronavirus website.  During this period the play area on the playing field will remain open.  Please follow the guidelines concerning hygiene and social distancing.  If you require any assistance at all please contact the Parish Council.  Stay safe.

2021 Census – Full & Part Time Temporary Roles

With 5 months until everyone in England and Wales will be asked to take part in Census 2021, here’s an update on the ONS plans in light of Covid-19.

The coronavirus pandemic has impacted us all in different ways, and it has further emphasised the need for up-to-date data about the population to help organisations such as local authorities shape services for society for the years to come.

They have reviewed and refined their Census plans and are confident that everyone will be able to provide their census information safely and securely.  Their design now means they can conduct the main census field data collection operation without anyone ever needing to enter a house. All contact will be socially distanced, field staff will be equipped with PPE in line with government guidance and our recruitment and training have been moved wholly online.

Some 200 full time ONS-employed census engagement managers (CEMS) have recently started work across England and Wales, responsible for engaging communities in local areas and raising awareness of the census.

Recruitment

Full and part-time Census Officer roles are now open for applications, until 27th January, on the Census jobs website here.

There is also a Roma Community Advisor role for Cambridgeshire, applications close 8th January, details are here.