Furry faces greet children at COVID-19 vaccination clinic

27 October 2022
Two special furry friends greeted children receiving their COVID-19 vaccination at the Alastair Farquharson Centre this morning (Thursday 27 October).
Lilly, a 12 year-old cocker spaniel, and Fletch, a 4 year-old cockapoo, with owners Andrew Skingley and Sue Shaw from Pets As Therapy (PAT) delighted children with plenty of cuddles as they received their COVID-19 vaccine at the centre in Thurrock Community Hospital, Grays.

Championing COVID-19 facts and the vaccine

22 April 2022
Community Health Champions have been out in the borough this month to encourage communities to visit vaccination clinics and have the COVID-19 vaccine.
Thurrock Council is working in partnership with Thurrock CVS to deploy the Community Health Champions, also referred to as Community Vaccine Champions.

Bringing COVID-19 facts to communities

8 March 2022
Thurrock Council has been working with the UK Health Security Agency's Surge Rapid Response Team (SRRT) to encourage residents to have the COVID-19 vaccine.
The SRRT delivered nearly 16,000 leaflets to households in West Thurrock, South Stifford, South Chafford and Grays Riverside from Friday 18 February to Sunday 27 February. Team members also knocked on more than 7,000 doors and had nearly 2,000 conversations, answering questions and responding to residents' concerns about the vaccine in lower-uptake communities.

Vaccine Champions to take message to Thurrock communities

14 January 2022
New Vaccine Champions will help to make sure more of the borough's residents get the protection the COVID-19 vaccines offer thanks to £485,000 of government funding awarded to the borough.
The backing comes as part of £22.5million national Community Vaccine Champions Scheme fund, created to help encourage hard-to-reach communities get vaccinated.

Vaccine push in Thurrock on Saturday 26 June

25 June 2021
On Saturday 26 June, anyone aged 18 or over who has not yet had their first vaccine or is now due to have their second dose, can get a walk-in appointment at Stifford Clays Health Centre without booking ahead.
Anyone 18 or over will be able to walk in and get their jab while going about their usual weekend business – without needing to book a time in advance, thanks to the NHS's 'Grab a Jab' weekend.
Second doses will also be available, as long as it has been 8 weeks since the first dose for people aged 40 and over, and 12 weeks for people under 40.

Pub forced to closed for England Euro 2020 matches after flouting COVID-19 rules

22 June 2021
The Railway Tavern pub in Stanford-le-Hope will be forced to close between 22 June and 29 June during all England Euro 2020 football matches after ignoring COVID-19 safety rules.
Essex Police officers attended the premises during the England game on Friday 18 June following complaints that rules were not being followed.

Backing Thurrock gains Cabinet support

11 March 2021
Thurrock Council's roadmap for recovery, resilience, and growth has been agreed by Cabinet (Wednesday March 10).
The 'Backing Thurrock Strategy and Action Plan' sets out actions that will help the council to strengthen and grow the economy through supporting major strategic projects such as the Thames Freeport, improving skills within the workforce, helping businesses to become more productive and competitive and delivering economic infrastructure. It is therefore a key element of the council's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 testing for everyone who cannot work from home

11 January 2021
Thurrock Council is urging all those who are still attending a workplace to get a free COVID-19 test as soon as possible, even if they do not have any symptoms.
From Tuesday 12 January testing kits will be available to pick up at East Tilbury library, Chadwell library and Belhus library. Testing for those without symptoms will also be available at drive through test sites in Corringham, Tilbury and Grays.

New national lockdown announced for England

4 January 2021
A new 'stay at home' national lockdown has been announced by the government.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "Tonight's announcement means that everyone must stay at home, which means only leaving your house or being outside of your home when absolutely necessary, such as when shopping for essential necessities or exercising. School children in Thurrock will continue to receive their education online over the coming weeks.

Council Leader calls on residents to fight new strain of coronavirus

22 December 2020
With Thurrock now having the highest rate of COVID-19 infection in the country, Council Leader Cllr Rob Gledhill is calling on residents to make sure they are doing all they can to slow the rate of infection and to protect each other and the NHS.
Cllr Gledhill said: "The situation in Thurrock is now more serious than it has ever been and we all need to play our part to stop the spread of infection and protect the NHS.