£500 Covid support and vaccine news

20 November 2020

With confirmed cases of COVID-19 continuing to rise sharply in Brent, we welcome the national news that the two potential COVID vaccines in development are safe and effective.

Once approved, any vaccine is likely to be available in small amounts initially to the most vulnerable. We are already working locally with the NHS to make sure that, once a vaccine is approved, we will be ready to roll out the vaccination programme in the borough.

However, it is still too early to know for sure when this will happen. Tragically, people are continuing to lose their lives to coronavirus at Northwick Park Hospital. The human cost is real and devastating, and we must do all we can to prevent the spread.

To protect yourself and your loves ones, it is essential that you continue to follow the national restrictions that are in place until at least 2 December 2020.

Stay at home wherever possible, do not see relatives or friends who you do not live with and follow the NHS advice to wash your hands, cover your face and keep a safe distance from others at all times.

If you do develop symptoms of the virus, stay at home and book a free test straight away by calling 020 8937 4440.

The pandemic continues to be a stressful time for all of us but especially people with money worries. If you are a Brent resident and Covid-19 has affected your finances, you could be eligible for financial support

Please do not be tempted to break the COVID rules because you need to work. Help is available. If you cannot work because you have symptoms of coronavirus, or live with someone who does, you might be entitled to a £500 Test & Trace Support Payment. You can also apply for an interest-free loan, grant, or both, from our Resident Support Fund.

>>All financial support available for residents during the pandemic