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Welcome to our regular Covid-19 vaccination update. This short update will be published and circulated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, in addition to our weekly vaccination newsletter. 
New shielding groups
Yesterday the government announced that an additional 1.7 million people are expected to be added to the shielded list across the country.  Anyone who is being added and who will be asked to shield is expected to receive a letter this week.  Currently around 2.2 million people are on the list in England, many of whom were identified for a single reason such as specific cancers, those on immunosuppression drugs or who have severe respiratory conditions.  The additional 1.7 million will bring the number to almost four million.  The shielding scheme was expanded after researchers developed a new tool to assess whether someone is at risk of severe disease or death, including factors such as age, ethnicity, body mass index (BMI) other conditions and postcode – which is indicative of deprivation. 
All those newly added to the shielding list (who will now be classed as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) will also be eligible for a Covid-19 vaccination if they haven’t already had one.
Fire at Emberbrook Health Centre
Following the fire at Emberbrook Health Centre on Saturday, our vaccination clinic was back up and running today as planned, now running from Thames Ditton Centre for the Community which is located nearby in Mercer Close (KT7 0BS).  Giggs Hill Surgery (part of Glenlyn Medical Centre) which is also onsite wasn’t affected and has been operating normally.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the huge amount of hard work that has been undertaken by our GP and practice colleagues, CCG staff, volunteers and wider partners, in securing the new vaccination site and for getting services back up and running so quickly, without a single clinic missed.
Latest FAQs
You can find a comprehensive set of FAQs on the local programme on our website hereIn the meantime, we will regularly publish the answers to some of the most common/latest questions here.
How long do I need to wait after receiving the vaccination before I can leave the centre?
When you’ve had your vaccine you may be asked to wait for 15 minutes just to be on the safe side in case of any adverse reaction (which is very rare).  If you have the Pfizer jab you will always have to wait for 15 minutes; if you have the Oxford Astra Zeneca jab you will only have to wait if you are driving.
Useful links
NHS.UK Covid-19 vaccine
GOV.UK Covid-19 vaccination programme
Data release
Information on priority groups
Surrey Heartlands Communications Team, 17th February 2021



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Surrey Nhw - Part 3 of Protecting Yourself from Online Crime


This is part 3 of a series of Alerts to ensure everyone understands the risks and the preventative measures available regarding on-line crime.

This Alert is about phishing (pronounced FISHING), and more on passwords.
Phishing is the most common form of cyber-attack. It is defined as ‘the fraudulent practice of sending e-mails or other messages purporting to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers.’ Criminals who carry out phishing attacks try to trick you into providing your information so they can use it for their own means. They typically use e-mail, social media platforms, text messaging and phone calls but could use any form of communication to persuade you to share sensitive information.

How can I spot a phishing e-mail?
There are some common signs to look for to help you identify a phishing e-mail:
• Poor grammar, punctuation and spelling
• Inconsistent design and quality compared to genuine corporate e-mails
• No use of your name, but rather a reference to you as ‘friend’, ‘valued customer’ or ‘colleague’
• A veiled threat, asking you to act urgently such as ‘send these details within 24 hours’ or ‘click here immediately’
• Unusual sender name, or an incorrect impersonation of someone you know.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s most unlikely that someone will want to give you money, or give you access to a secret part of the Internet. Your bank, or any other official source, should never ask you to supply personal information from an e-mail. Please see the attached guide at the bottom of this Alert for further information.

All guides so far can be found here:

More on passwords
Some additional information following on from last week's password advice.

Weak passwords allow cyber criminals easy access to online accounts and a high percentage of crimes could be prevented if passwords were strong and secure. You may have several online accounts such as e-mail, social media, shopping and banking. Having weak passwords makes it easy for criminals to access your accounts and we are encouraging everyone to make some changes to strengthen their online security.

How long should my password be?
Any password of less than 9 characters is vulnerable to what is called ‘brute force cracking’. This is where a computer tries every possible combination of letters to match a given password. For good security, passwords should be over 12 characters long.

Can I use a single word for my password?
Using a single word for a password makes it more vulnerable to a ‘dictionary attack’ – another form of brute force cracking where long lists of previously used passwords are used to try and match the password. Even long, single words are vulnerable so creating more complex passwords can help prevent them being compromised.

How do I create a strong password?
Strong passwords will consist of at least 3 random words, be longer than 12 characters and include numbers, symbols and capital letters.

Can I reuse my password?
Every password should be different – especially your e-mail account password. When account information is lost in a data breach, criminals will try and crack the associated passwords, and then use the credentials to try and log into other accounts. Having different passwords will prevent them from being successful.

How do I remember lots of passwords?
Many people have multiple online accounts, so remembering all the associated passwords can be difficult. Password manager software can be used to store all your passwords across all your devices, meaning you only need to remember the password to get into your password manager. Create a strong password based on this guidance to maximise the chances of keeping it safe. 2-factor-authentication can also be used for extra security.

Keep safe and well
Martin Stilwell
Chair, Surrey NhW
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Your Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team


Your Waverley Safer Neighbourhood policing Team has grown recently and we have some new faces that have joined the team. As we’ve not been able to meet as many of you as we would have hoped to through various meetings or events, we’ve put together this short video to introduce ourselves and talk about our priorities for the borough. Please feel free to share the video and we hope you enjoy it.

Your Waverley Safer Neighbourhood Team

As always, if you need to get in touch, you can drop us an email at and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @waverleybeat

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A Message from Hugh Wagstaff of Waverley Borough Council

We can now see light at the end of this tunnel.
Waverley have identified the cause of the pollution and last Friday Environmental Health officers served a Statutory Notice on the owners of the offending property giving them three months to rectify the situation.
To prevent further pollution and until the property is connected to the main sewer, Waverley has employed a temporary solution to ensure that all grey water and sewage downstream is fed into the sewers.
We understand that residents can now see clear water in their surface water drains, where before the water was polluted.
The pollution has been most obvious in the open culvert in The Avenue and although clear water is flowing it does not appear to be clearing the pollution. After The Avenue the surface water drain surfaces in the rear gardens of properties in Ockley Road. These gardens have been flooded, we believe because some current and past residents may have over many years covered and run the culvert though pipes, severely restricting the flow through the culvert, and they have also been affected by the pollution.
Although Waverley have been involved investigating the cause of the pollution and effected a temporary solution they have no statutory responsibility for the maintenance of the culvert and /or the streams affected by the pollution. This maintenance is the responsibility of land owners adjoining the culverts.( this is known as riparian ownership and details can be seen on the Environmental Agency and Surrey County Councils websites).
Both Thames Water and The Environment Agency have no responsibility over this matter. Responsibility falls entirely with each riparian owner, who must take appropriate action to maintain the culverts. Because this is a private matter between each riparian owner and the offending property, Waverley is unable to become involved in any claims residents may have against the offending property and they must seek their own advice on this matter.
Our strategy is to now work with Surrey County Council who have statutory responsibility to deal with the flooding in the Ockley Road properties. When they have been able to resolve the flooding they may write to riparian owners confirming their responsibility to maintain and clear the open culvert adjacent to their properties. It is unlikely that they would take any legal action as this would be inappropriate. As Waverley is also a riparian owner we would be involved in the clearance of the culvert.
We understand the that the offending property owners are prepared to look at clearing the pollution from the culvert themselves.

Best wishes
Hugh Wagstaff, Head of Housing Operations


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