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“Exemplary” Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service team answer the call to join COVID vaccination campaign

Carefully selected colleagues from Virgin Care and Barnardo’s are being redeployed alongside NHS colleagues for Essex’s mass vaccination effort.

Adrian Coggins, who is Head of Wellbeing and Public Health Commissioning at Essex County Council and responsible for the service, said “Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service’s response to the pandemic has been exemplary – they’ve embraced this latest challenge with great willingness, positivity and resolve, whilst being careful to ensure essential services to vulnerable families are maintained.”

Redeployment will be scaled up and down to carefully match the needs of the vaccination campaign and will not affect essential child and family services – with the council and service committed to keeping crucial face-to-face and virtual appointments running.

Essex Child and Family Wellbeing Service will continue pre-birth to 19-years-of-age face-to-face consultations from their community Family Hubs and in families’ homes.

Essential face-to-face appointments such as new birth checks in the family home within 14 days of a baby’s birth will continue across the county, as will regular face-to-face support for the most vulnerable families in Essex. Health Visitors and School Nurse duty workers will also continue to be available all day.

Virtual technology has also allowed most of Virgin Care’s child and family services to continue supporting parents throughout the pandemic, with many parents praising the flexibility it brings to their busy home and work lives.

“COVID is the single greatest public health challenge the country has seen this century – it makes me proud to see all corners of the health and social care sector, including the children and family services I commission in Essex, working together to deliver this vaccination programme”, said Adrian.

Families needing support from the service should visit www.essexfamilywellbeing.co.uk for the relevant direct telephone number in their area of residence.

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