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Agenda and minutes

Venue: Council chamber - Merton Civic Centre, London Road, Morden SM4 5DX. View directions

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Apologies for absence


There were no apologies for absence


Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 130 KB


The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a true and accurate record


Declarations of pecuniary interest


Councillor Dollimore declared she is a vaccinator with St Johns Ambulance.



Impact of Covid in Merton pdf icon PDF 1 MB


The Director of Public Health reported that:

The pandemic is shrinking but there are still high numbers of infections in schools.


There are reduced admissions in hospitals.


The progress with vaccinations has slowed down, they are targeting smaller numbers from groups with lower vaccination rates.


The Director of Public Health said they are waiting further government guidance on planning for further surges and how to live with Covid.

A panel member asked if further Covid variants are on the horizon. The Director of Public Health reported that the original Omicron BA1 and Omicron variant  BA2 are spreading globally and within the UK and BA2 being even more  even more transmissible than BA1. However BA2 is not rated as a new variant of concern because the impact on health and the required protection is not significantly different to BA2.


A panel member asked if we are ensuring that there is outreach to provide immune compromised people with a third dose of the vaccine. The Director of Public Health said they will be contacted by NHS clinicians. It is important this group do not slip through the net and the Director will raise this issue with primary care colleagues.


The Director of Public Health said they are providing information for pregnant women who are reluctant to get vaccinated.



Immunisation Programmes in Merton pdf icon PDF 1 MB


NHS colleagues gave an overview of the report.


A panel member said as there was a drop in routine vaccines, we need to look at ward level figures due to inequalities between the East and West of the borough.


The Principal Public Health Advisor for Commissioning Immunisations and Vaccination Services said they recognise we need better access to uptake by GP practice level. They will be resuming projects on these issues which were paused due to Covid.


A Panel member asked about advice given to pregnant women about the flu jab. The Operational Director for Covid and Flu said they reach pregnant women in maternity services in promoting flu vaccination.



The Vice chair thanked NHS Colleagues for their report



Review of Lunch Clubs in Merton pdf icon PDF 369 KB


Simon Shimmens gave an overview of the report, highlighting the purpose is to review lunch clubs to make them sustainable in long term and reduce reliance on council funding.


A panel member asked about funding for the programme. The Chief Executive said funding is to run the network, Merton Council has provided funding for the lunch clubs.


A Panel member asked if there are any collaborations with organisations such as scouts, schools to build collaboration and intergenerational work. The Chief Executive said this is a good suggestion and they will take this to project team.


A panel member thanked the Chief Executive for his work and said the language is important and they should be referred to activity groups which provide lunch. It was asked  if there any plans to provide mini buses at reasonable rates. The Chief Executive agreed that the terminology needs to be changed. They have bid for funding from the Department for Transport on a transport and loneliness pilot which could provide additional opportunities. Other options are also being explored.



The Chair thanked for all involved in providing this important service.




Work Programme pdf icon PDF 241 KB


The Work programme was noted