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25.11.21 – Importance of Vaccination, APSE Nomination for NUL, Black Friday, Affordable Foods Stoke

Written by on 24 November 2021

The importance of vaccination is being reiterated by public health chiefs ahead of the festive season, which is just over a month away.

Staffordshire County Council are urging people  still in need of the Covid-19 vaccine to get jabbed as soon as possible to ensure they’re protected during Christmas and New Year.

Young people aged 16 and 17 are now entitled to a second dose of the vaccine 12 weeks after their first, while people aged 40 and over can now get their booster jab six months after their second dose. Those aged 12 to 15 remain eligible for a single dose of the vaccine.

You can book a vaccine appointment on or by contacting 119.


Newcastle Borough Council’s Cemetery and Crematorium Services and also their Street Cleansing service have been shortlisted as finalists for the Most Improved Performers categories in the APSE national awards 2021.

APSE is the Association for Public Service Excellence and is the largest local government benchmarking association in the UK.



 Shoppers looking to bag a bargain ahead of Christmas are being urged to get to know their rights and avoid being ripped off or scammed.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards service is reminding people to be aware of their consumer rights before they shop, particularly online.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which are tomorrow and next Monday, are expected to be amongst the busiest shopping days of the year.   However, according to Trading Standards, it’s also a busy time for criminals, counterfeiters and scammers, so people are being reminded to be alert.

People who encounter problems with shopping online should visit Citizens Advice on

(or telephone Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 03454 04 05 06).



And on a more pleasant note … Affordable Foods in Blurton are aiming to give 50 families a ‘complete Christmas’ – this includes Christmas lunch, presents and enough food to see them through the festive period. They are looking for donations of food and gifts to help make this possible. For more information visit the Affordable Food Stoke facebook or twitter page.  (or telephone 07748 009253)