If you haven’t yet had your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, there are pop-up vaccine events happening in Camden every day this week except for Sunday, many of which don’t require bookings in advance – see below for more info or visit camden.gov.uk/getting-the-vaccine.
If you haven’t had your first dose then please pop-along and get vaccinated – and why not invite unvaccinated friends and family members to join you? Unless stated otherwise, if you’re eligible for your second dose of the vaccine you’ll be able to get that too but you must have had the same vaccine for your first dose. Click here for more information.
You don’t need to be registered with a GP or have an NHS number to be vaccinated and we won’t ask for proof of ID, address or immigration status.
Alternatively, you can also book a vaccine appointment by calling 119 for free or visiting nhs.uk/coronavirusvaccine. Those not registered with a GP can complete the form at camden.gov.uk/form and anyone needing support to book an appointment can call us on 020 7974 4444 (option 9).
International Nurses Day is celebrated on 12 May every year to celebrate the contributions that nurses make to society.
I think everyone would agree that the last 18 months have made everyone better appreciate the hard and important work that nurses do. Many nurses have been working long hours under very difficult conditions, literally risking their lives on COVID wards.
It seems there is an international day for everything.
Well, today is World Tai Chi and Qigong day.
Tai Chi (also spelled Taiji) is a sequence of movements combining Qigong and Chinese martial arts, designed to improve physical and mental well-being. In China, it is common to see groups of people doing Taiji in the park.
Qigong (sometimes spelled Chi Kung) is the ancient Chinese study of energy or Qi. In particular, Qigong is a series of gentle movements designed to improve the Qi in your body. The low-impact and gentle movements are especially popular with older people.
Tied in with Qi is the concept of Yin and Yang, and trying to balance constantly-changing conditions. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, you have good health when the energy in your body is balanced and can flow easily through your body.
Coronavirus is still limiting activities at the moment, but there will be plenty of classes around when the world becomes more normal.
If you’re 70 or over or clinically extremely vulnerable and have not yet been contacted by the NHS, you can now book your own vaccine appointment at a nearby vaccination centre like The Francis Crick Institute or the Royal Free Hospital. To do that, go to nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination or call 119 for free. If you would prefer to have the vaccine at a GP surgery though, please still wait to be contacted.
Wherever you choose to go to have the vaccine, please be reassured that it will be a COVID-safe environment. This means extra precautions are in place to keep you safe including extra cleaning and disinfecting and social distancing in waiting areas.
If you don’t fall into one of these categories, the NHS will be in touch when you’re eligible to have the vaccine so please make sure you’re registered with a GP and that they have your most up-to-date contact details. This means they will be able to contact you when it’s your turn.
If you don’t fall into one of these categories but know someone who does – for example, a parent, friend or neighbour – please consider getting in touch with them to let them know that they can now book an appointment at a nearby vaccination centre.