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Don't let your guard down - says Council Leader

15 June 2021

Richmond residents are being urged not let their guards down after the Government delayed the easing of lockdown restrictions until 19 July.

Last night, the Prime Minister announced that due to the rise in cases, and concerns around the faster spreading DELTA variant of concern, he would delay the further easing of lockdown measures until 19 July.

To see the latest announcement and what you can do and can’t do.

Responding to the announcement, Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said:

"I know the delay in easing all the COVID-19 restrictions will be a huge disappointment to all those who have been looking forward to life returning to normal and particularly to people whose livelihoods continue to be affected. We remain resolute that the Government must step-up and provide support for all those businesses who are seeing a financial loss due to the ongoing restrictions.

"However, with our COVID numbers on the rise, and our surrounding boroughs having to go through surge testing, there is no other choice. The DELTA variant is virulent.

"Whilst we can be very pleased with progress in vaccinating people in Richmond, we haven’t got to the point where enough people are vaccinated to control this new variant fully.

"If you have symptoms, you and your household must isolate, and you must have a PCR test. If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive, you also need to isolate.

"Remember that you can have COVID-19 and spread it to others while having few or no symptoms yourself. This makes it important that everyone takes advantage of the free lateral flow tests that are available and take a test twice a week to make sure they are not carrying and spreading the virus.

"Everyone in Richmond has worked incredibly hard over the months to help keep the virus under control and it would be a huge shame to see all these efforts go to waste by relaxing the restrictions a few weeks too early."

There are a number of walk-in coronavirus vaccine clinics this week in Richmond upon Thames:

AstraZeneca walk-in clinics will be held this week at the Stoop in Twickenham and Hawks Road Health Clinic in Kingston, for those who are:

  • The Stoop, Harlequins' Rugby Stadium in Twickenham:
    • 9am to 7pm, Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 June 2021
  • Hawks Road Health Clinic, Kingston upon Thames: 
    • 9am to 7pm, Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 June 2021

These sessions are for those who are:

  • Due a second dose of Oxford AstraZeneca and had their first before mid-April 2021
  • Eligible for their first dose (and aged 40 or over)

In addition, a Pfizer vaccination clinic will be held this week at Essex House Surgery in Barnes. This is specifically for those who have not yet had their first dose. The surgery will be open on the below times, with no appointment needed:

  • Tuesday 15 June from 7 to 9pm
  • Wednesday 16 June from 6.30 to 8.30pm
  • Thursday 17 June from 7 to 9pm

Additional Pfizer walk-in sessions are being held at Kingston University on Thursday 17 June and Friday 18 June from 1 to 7pm.

Please note that supply at the two Pfizer walk-ins are limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.

How to access a twice-weekly COVID-19 test.

See the other walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinics across South West London. No appointments are needed.

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Up to: June 2021

Updated: 17 June 2021