Latest News from City of York Council


The Parish Council receive regular updates from City of York Council regarding local issues, in particular relating to the ongoing pandemic. We will endeavour to share the news most appropriate to our residents as soon as we receive it.

This latest update includes the latest details on the vaccine rollout, a plea for the city to keep going and key workers prioritised for shared ownership homes.

Vaccines update

The vaccination roll out continues to progress with many people in the city now getting their second doses. Below are the key messages for this week from the NHS.

We also want to point to the latest blog from Professor Mike Holmes with updates from the Askham Bar site, what people can expect in the coming weeks and a message urging people to get their second dose when it is their time. Find out more here.

A number of new and updated resources are now available online:

• An update of the COVID-19 vaccination guide for childbearing, pregnant or breastfeeding women has been published.
• The COVID-19 vaccination guide for adults leaflet– new version for Phase 2
What to expect after your COVID-19 vaccination leaflet – new version for Phase 2
COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting collection has been updated

Key messages

• Everyone who is invited for a vaccination is encouraged to take up the offer to protect not only themselves but their communities, families and loved ones. Anyone who has booked should keep their appointment or cancel to avoid a wasted opportunity for someone else.
• Anyone who did not initially come forward when invited can still get the vaccination.
• Nationally, fluctuations in vaccine supply are expected to continue into May. During this period there will be a strong focus on delivering second doses. Some people may experience frustrations trying to book an appointment and a small number of appointments may need to be rescheduled to ensure we make the most appropriate use of our supplies and ensure second doses are delivered.
• In the North East and Yorkshire region more than 5.8 million vaccination doses have been administered (including almost 4.4 million first doses).
• In England, as of 21st April, more than 37 million vaccine doses have been given (including almost 28 million first doses).
• Daily and weekly data on the number of vaccinations provided by region and ICS area can be found here: www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/statistical-work-areas/covid-19-vaccinations/

44 year olds now eligible

Around half a million 44-year olds will receive a text inviting them to get their jab through the national booking service from today. The move to the next age group comes as the latest figures show that more than two-thirds of people aged 45 to 49 had been vaccinated.

The decision to move to people aged 40-43 will be set out shortly with the NHS vaccinating in line with JCVI advice and as supply allows.

People who cannot go online can call the service on 119 instead to book their jab. Text invitations appear as an alert from ‘NHSvaccine’, including a web link to the NHS website to reserve an appointment.

Vaccinations are now being administered at more than 1,600 sites across the country, including mosques, museums and rugby grounds, meaning the vast majority of the people live within 10 miles of at least one vaccination service.

Find out more at www.nhs.uk/CovidVaccine

Let’s keep going and stay safe

As more and more of us see friends and family who we have missed so much, take a much needed trip to the hairdressers or visit some of our incredible local businesses we are asking people to enjoy themselves but continue to stay safe and keep York open.

You can play your part by:
• washing and sanitising your hands regularly
• wearing a face covering in busy public spaces, and respecting the measures put in place by businesses
• maintaining social distancing whenever possible
• following the rule of six for two households
• taking a COVID test twice a week – you can arrange to collect a testing kit or book an in-person appointment online – all adults are now eligible for these tests symptom-free
• download the NHS COVID-19 app, available for both Android and iOS phones and check in to venues when you see the poster.

Key workers prioritised for Lowfield Green shared ownership homes

Eligible key workers are invited to put in the first bids for new shared ownership homes on Lowfield Green.

The shared ownership homes on Lowfield Green are the part of the next phase of exceptional homes from the council’s Shape Homes York brand.  The eight homes can be reserved by key workers who meet the Government criteria and who are eligible for the Help To Buy scheme.

Any key worker who lives and/or works in York, who has a combined household income of £80,000 or less, who can’t afford to buy a home on the open market and meets the eligibility criteria, can apply.

Applications for shared ownership of these eight homes are invited before 17 May 2021. Any key worker who believes they might be eligible, can find out more about Lowfield Green or can email info@shapehomesyork.com for more information about shared ownership in this development.

Be part of the York Stadium Leisure Complex

We are inviting residents and visitors to be part of the York Community Stadium Leisure Complex.  New signage is being developed to welcome fans, residents and visitors to the incredible new site, with potential signage inside and outside the complex.

We are inviting all those who would like to submit their head and shoulders photo to mix with many others to create a community mosaic that will be the background to all the signs. With over 250 already submitting photos, we are encouraging everyone to take part.

Entry is totally free and must be completed online at weareyork.co.uk and is quick and easy to do. The deadline to get images uploaded is 6 May 2021, 12noon.


This communication is from City of York Council.
Rufforth with Knapton Parish Council and City of York Council disclaim any liability for action taken in reliance on the content of this communication.