Published: Monday, 25 January 2021 15:35
We in Dundee City UNISON support the COVID19 Vaccination effort and encourage our members to do likewise.
While there may be valid concerns over the speed of development of the various vaccines being issued for COVID19, we encourage our members to look positively at the benefits of vaccination and the risks of not being vaccinated against the, for most people, marginal risks or unknowns about the 2 main vaccines (Pfizer and AstraZeneca).
Clearly those who know they can have serious allergic reactions to other medicines etc. should not consider being vaccinated without consulting their doctor on the risks.
Also, simply because no significant testing was done on pregnant women, they are advised not to be vaccinated while pregnant, unless there are other known serious risks of not being vaccinated (e.g. where they may be of significantly higher risk from COVID19) - in which case they should discuss those risks with their doctors. There is no known risk to pregnant women, however, and further research is being done - so maybe that caution can be relaxed in future.
While we share concerns over the possible reduced protection of leaving the second shot for longer than the vaccine developers recommend, we don't see that as being any reason not to get vaccinated in the first place.
It is also clear that the vaccines have been tested for how well they protect infected people from developing COVID19 as a serious illness. There isn't clear evidence of how well the vaccines prevent people from catching or spreading the virus. So we all need to continue to be careful about contact and hygiene for now, even once vaccinated.
There are a number of scaremongering rumours going about that people really should question. We won't repeat any of them here for fear of giving them any oxygen. We will simply say read the official guidance that has been provided.
Here are links to some of those guides:
This is the main hub of public facing information on the vaccine. This will host the new TV advert campaign which was launched Jan 21st. covid19vaccine
This is where you will find all the leaflets online (when you go to each leaflet, it gives you list of leaflets in other languages). The same page takes you to the BSL version and audio and email for requesting other languages and formats not provided already. coronavirus-vaccine-leaflets
Here you will find the toolkits for HCWs, care homes etc – again these provide a bit more detail for specific settings: covid-19-vaccinations
This is the specific leaflet for pregnancy: covid-vaccine-pregnancy-advice
This is the post-vaccination leaflet handed out after people have been vaccinated and talks about the need to follow the FACTS etc: covid-vaccine-what-to-expect
Public Health Scotland (PHS) will push out vaccine messaging on its dedicated twitter channel: https://twitter.com/NHSImmuniseScot
FYI - neither of the covid vaccines contains products of animal origin. PHS are believed to be working on a statement about animal testing.
Published: Monday, 14 September 2020 16:15
Members will be receiving their Annual Statement from Tayside Pension Fund which is the local fund for the Scottish Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).
We've done a brief guide giving you a bit more background to the way your pension is worked out and given a made up example breaking down the 2 main calculations given in the Statement.
We hope this helps your understanding of the Pension Statement.
Click The image For the Guide
For more details of your LGPS pension see the following links:
https://www.taysidepensionfund.org/ - The Tayside Pension Fund website - Full of great info.
https://pensions.gov.scot/local-government - The Local Government Pension page on the Scottish Public Pensions Agency (who help run and oversee the scheme in Scotland).
https://www.unison-scotland.org/campaigns/pensions/ - UNISON Scotland's own Pensions campaigning an information pages.
NB: There are 2 big things about the Local Government Pension that members often do not realise:
1 - The 10 Year Guarantee: This essentially guarantees that you or your estate (or a nominated recipient) must receive at least 10 years worth of pension once retired. So if you pass before ten years is up, someone will inherit the remainder of those 10 years. This is on top of any survivor's pension.
2 - Additional Voluntary Contributions Beat Most other Savings: Through the scheme, you can invest in an AVC scheme, whereby the money agreed, comes off your salary before tax (which is then invested). When you retire you get that money back, as an additional lump sum, free of tax. This means you effectively make what would have been the tax on that income (as a one-off saving) on top of any return from its investment. If you are able to save, and earn enough to be paying income tax, it makes a great deal of sense to put a significant amount of money into AVCs, particularly as you approach retirement, where that one-off tax saving could easily outstrip a few years' interest on most other investments.This is particularly true in the current period where interest rates are so low. Check them out.