IMPORTANT COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION: (10.2.21)
We are now asking people aged 70 and over who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19, and who would like to be, to contact the NHS to arrange a jab. Until now the NHS has asked people to wait until they are contacted to help ensure that those who are most vulnerable are protected first – and that remains the case for most people. However, to ensure absolutely everyone is offered the vaccine, people aged 70 and over can now contact the NHS so they can be vaccinated by the middle of this month.
People in this group should book their vaccination through the National Booking Service which allows patients to choose a time slot and location that suits them. Anyone unable to book online can call 119 free of charge, anytime between 7am and 11pm seven days a week
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It’s caused by a virus called coronavirus.
What’s the risk of coronavirus in the UK?
The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from low to moderate.
Health professionals are working to contact anyone who has been in close contact with people who have coronavirus.
How coronavirus is spread
Because it’s a new illness, we do not know exactly how coronavirus spreads from person to person.
Similar viruses are spread in cough droplets.
It’s very unlikely it can be spread through things like packages or food.
Do I need to avoid public places?
Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional.
How to avoid catching or spreading coronavirus
How to self-isolate if you’re asked to
If there’s a chance you could have coronavirus, you may be asked to stay away from other people (self-isolate).
This means you should:
You may need to do this for up to 14 days to help reduce the possible spread of infection.
Treatment for coronavirus
There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.
Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.
Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.
You’ll need to stay in isolation away from other people until you’ve recovered.
Useful links for further advice
If you have any medical issues and what more information on how the coronavirus could affect you use these useful links for more information.
Advice for people travelling abroad
If you’re planning to travel abroad and are concerned about coronavirus, check the country by country travel advice on GOV.UK.
Advice for people returning to the UK and travellers to the UK
You may need to get medical advice if you’ve recently travelled to the UK from somewhere with a higher risk of coronavirus.
These places are:
If you’ve been to one of these places in the last 14 days, find out what to do using the NHS 111 online coronavirus service.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.