Coronavirus (COVID-19) - What you need to know

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COVID-19 guidance and support

The Government has removed remaining COVID-19 restrictions. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • If you have COVID-19 symptoms, stay at home if you can until you feel well enough to resume your normal activities, and you no longer have a high temperature
  • Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces

Latest updates and guidance at GOV.UK

Types of coronavirus tests:

If you have symptoms:

You can get a test on GOV.UK or by calling NHS 119. The Government no longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England. Limited symptomatic testing will be available for a small number of at-risk groups.

If you don't have symptoms:

The Government no longer provide free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for the general public in England. Full guidance on testing can be found on Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19)

Who is eligible for a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine?

You or your child may be offered a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine if you are:

  • aged 65 years old or over (you need to be 65 years old by 31 March 2024)
  • aged 6 months to 64 years old and are at increased risk
  • living in a care home for older adults
  • a frontline health or social care worker
  • aged 16 to 64 years old and are a carer
  • aged 12 to 64 years old and live with someone with a weakened immune system

How do I get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine?

If you're eligible, you can get a seasonal COVID-19 vaccine by:

You may also be contacted by a local NHS service, such as your GP surgery, to get a vaccine for you or your child.

This is usually done by text or a phone call, but you may sometimes get a letter or a notification in the NHS App.

While you’re no longer legally required to self-isolate if you have COVID-19, you should try to stay at home and away from others to avoid passing on the virus.

More information on the NHS website:

GOV.UK publishes data about COVID-19 cases and deaths:

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