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Researchers reveal ‘mild or moderate’ side effects at-risk 12 to 15 year olds have experienced after Pfizer jab

Side effects from the Pfizer vaccine in children aged between 12 and 15 who are considered vulnerable to Covid have been monitored in a new study.Adverse reactions were either mild or moderate in all of the young people, except one who had “severe fatigue and severe discomfort combined with increased agitation”.Researchers in Bristol looked at 27 children whose parents recorded any side effects after the jab.’Mild or moderate’Adverse reactions were either mild or moderate in all of the young people, except one who had “severe fatigue and severe discomfort combined with increased agitation”.Experts said the small size and scope of the study does not allow for conclusions on rare side effects or inform the debate on vaccinating healthy younger teens.Currently, children aged between 12 and 15 who are clinically vulnerable to Covid or live with adults who are at increased risk of serious illness from the virus are eligible for a coronavirus vaccine.There have been calls from some quarters to extend the rollout to all healthy 12 to 15-year-olds, especially as the return of schools is expected to lead to a rise in infections.’Must await further data’Russell Viner, professor of adolescent health at UCL Institute of Child Health, noted that the study “should reassure parents and doctors that there are no special precautions or issues with this vaccine in this small group of children”.He added: “However these data can tell us very little about rare side effects or about vaccinating healthy teenagers or those with common conditions such as asthma and diabetes. For that we must await further data in the order of millions of doses.”The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has not given a recommendation to widen the rollout to this age group, but the NHS in England is reportedly making preparations to enable it to proceed if there is a decision to do so.All of the participants in the study were children with severe neurodisabilities who tend to get recurrent respiratory infections and spend time in residential care.Researchers said one family reported a change in seizure type but this had been resolved a week after the vaccine.SymptomsEffects in six of the children after a first dose included a mild rash, headache, diarrhoea, presumed sore throat, neck pain, difficulty sleeping and low blood sugars.But all of these had gone away within 72 hours, according to the study, which is due to be published in the Archives of Disease…



Full updated list of ‘critical’ sector workers who could avoid self-isolation

The government has published a list of critical workers who no longer will need to self-isolate if they are ‘pinged’ by the Covid app.Instead, the scheme uses lateral flow tests to allow eligible workers who have been ‘pinged’ or called by NHS Test and Trace to continue working, provided they test negative each day.It comes after several sectors warned of staff shortages caused by the ‘pingdemic’.Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “Whether it’s prison guards reporting for duty, waste collectors keeping our streets clean or workers in our energy sector keeping the lights on, critical workers have been there for us at every stage of this global pandemic.“As we learn to live with the virus, we will keep doing everything in our power to break chains of transmission and stop this virus in its tracks.“Daily contact testing will play a vital role in this, helping minimise the potential for disruption caused by rising cases, while keeping staff protected.”Already those working in the food industry, transport workers, Border Force staff, frontline police and fire services are able to take daily Covid tests instead of qurantining, as part of a pilot scheme.Now they will be joined by bin collectors, prison staff and those working in defence, just to name a few. Fleetwood Weekly News…


England has rated its overall mood at a measly 58 out of 100, according to survey

A study asked more than 6,000 people across 40 counties to rate their mental state across 10 cognitive and emotional traits, including ‘calm’, ‘focused’ and ‘relaxed’.And despite England’s Euros success and the majority of lockdown restrictions lifting within weeks, the results indicate a general feeling of uncertainty.Mental health and movement expert Dr. Brendon Stubbs led the ASICS ‘State-of-Mind Index’ research which was commissioned by sports brand ASICS as part of a partnership with the mental health charity Mind.He believes the middling scores suggests a ‘feeling of trepidation’ across the nation, with ‘energised’ (54), ‘confidence’ (57) and ‘positivity’ (58) scoring the lowest across the country.He said: “Following 18 months of setbacks, restrictions and uncertainty, this has meant that the mood of the nation is understandably flat.“At a time where we are turning a corner with a more positive outlook, the nation is still currently apprehensive, and this is reflected in our general mental wellbeing.“The nation is clearly in need of an uplift and the summer of sport ahead has the power to give us all the boost we need.”All counties scored differentlyResidents of Warwickshire rated their mental state the highest of the 40 counties surveyed with a ‘State of Mind’ score of 63 out of 100.Berkshire, East Riding and Dorset-based respondents also scored highly.However, those in Nottinghamshire gauged their mental state the lowest with an average score of 54 out of 100, and 80 per cent admitted they could do with an uplift.Greater London placed 16th in the rankings of 40 counties, but people from Merseyside and Tyne and Wear were also towards the bottom of the pack.Gary Raucher, executive vice president at ASICS, added: “We’ve always believed in the positive impact of movement on the body and on the mind.“It’s our founding philosophy and its never meant more than right now.“We know the pandemic has put even more pressure on the mental wellbeing of many people and we’re committed to take action.“We’re keen to work with fantastic organisations such as Mind to support more people to move for their physical and mental wellbeing.”40 COUNTIES – AND THEIR OVERALL STATE-OF-MIND SCORE / 1001              Warwickshire – 632              East Riding of Yorkshire – 623              Berkshire – 614              Dorset – 615              Hertfordshire – 616              Derbyshire – 607              North Yorkshire – 608              Devon – 609              Somerset – 6010           Cheshire – 6011           West Midlands – 6012           West Yorkshire – 5913           East Sussex – 5914           Worcestershire – 5915          …



Nation divided over how to settle a bill after a meal out with friends and family

A study of 2,000 diners, by comparethemarket.com, revealed 34 per cent believe you should split the bill straight down the middle including the tip, while 36 per cent reckon it should be split precisely based on who has had what.Nearly half (43 per cent) are left feeling awkward when it comes to approaching how to pay when they eat out.But eight in 10 (80 per cent) wouldn’t let such experiences put them off heading back to restaurants as they continue to reopen.However, love it or hate it, 63 per cent said splitting the bill is all part of the eating out experience.Julie Daniels, head of rewards at comparethemarket.com said: ‘’Splitting the bill often divides opinion, as our research shows. But one thing is for sure, people are looking forward to dining out again and plan to make up for lost time.‘’As restaurants continue to reopen their doors, we have expanded our Meerkat Meals reward to give our customers even more choice and to make splitting the bill a little easier.” Fleetwood Weekly News…


Millions of adults may have undetected health conditions after missing routine tests during lockdown

Adults may be suffering undetected health conditions, such as glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration and even heart disease – because two million people missed a routine eye test during lockdown.Specsavers usually carry out around 8.6 million eye examinations annually and refer more than 600,000 people to hospital or their GP for further investigations.But millions missed tests at the height of the pandemic (March to September 2020) -and almost 130,000 fewer people were referred – meaning many could be unaware they have a health problem.Figures for the same period also revealed referrals were down by nearly half for glaucoma, known as the ‘silent thief of sight’ due to it often being completely symptom-free.A further study of 2,000 adults has revealed that at least one in 10 people fear they might have a serious underlying sight condition, while one in 20 worry that they have a potentially significant issue with their hearing.While half of adults think either their sight, hearing or both have deteriorated since the pandemic began – two thirds (66 per cent) of those have not yet booked a test.According to the research as part of Specsavers Hindsight Report, one in eight (13 per cent) have also missed a hearing test in the last year. Fleetwood Weekly News…


‘Social distancing’, ‘rule of six’ and ‘the new normal’ are the top phrases adults Brits want resigned to the history books, research has revealed

A survey of 2,000 UK adults examined the things they would like to lock up and leave behind in 2020.More than a third (36 per cent) want Donald Trump vanquished along with Dominic Cummings (31 per cent) and Matt Hancock (23 per cent), according to Hotels.com.And 16 per cent of respondents would like to see the back of Boris Johnson’s 5pm briefings.But while the politicians have been widely criticised, it’s the constant use of new phrases which has offended the public the most.Joining the outgoing US president in the accommodation provider’s ‘Hotel Room 101’ will be the sayings ‘social distancing’ (59 per cent), ‘rule of six’ (51 per cent), ‘tiers’ (50 per cent) and the classic ‘new normal’ (49 per cent).The word ‘bubble’, once used to describe something light-hearted and airy, is something nearly half (43 per cent) of adults are desperate to leave behind in 2020, never to be heard again. Fleetwood Weekly News…