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All international arrivals aged 12 and over are now required to show proof of a negative PCR or lateral flow test, even if fully vaccinated, before entering the UK. It must be taken in the two days before departure for the UK and private test providers must be used, free NHS lateral flow kits are not allowed. Once in the UK, all arrivals must also take a Day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative test. For more information click here.

Please beware of fake NHS emails asking you to order ‘an Omicron PCR test’. The NHS will never ask for your bank details, so please be aware of suspicious emails or text messages. Find out more about scam emails, texts and phone calls here.

From 29 November, face coverings should be worn in communal areas in all education settings by staff, visitors and students in year 7 and above, unless they are exempt.

The Prime Minister has confirmed that from Tuesday 30 November, face coverings will be compulsory in shops and on public transport. To find out more, click here.    

On Monday 22 November, the Covid-19 booster programme was extended to include all 40-49 year olds in England. People aged 16-17 are also now being offered their second dose of the vaccine. To find out more or to make a booking, click here.

The Health Secretary has announced that all frontline NHS staff in England will have to fully vaccinated against Covid-19. A deadline is expected to be set for 1 April 2022 to give unvaccinated staff time to get both doses. To find out more, click here.

This winter, there will be a lot of coughs, colds and chest infections in children aged 0-3. To reduce pressure on local healthcare systems, Barnardo’s will be providing a helpline advising on respiratory illnesses, focused on supporting parents/carers from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Helpline advisors can provide a service in English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Albania, Polish, Luganda, Ruyankole, Rukiga, Rutooro and Kinyarwanda. Interpreters can be provided for other languages. Parents/carers can call Boloh helpline on 0800 151 2605. For more information visit the Barnardos website here.

Following unanimous advice from the UK’s four Chief Medical Officers, parents are now able to book Covid-19 vaccinations online for their 12-15 year olds. For more information on how to book click here. Parental, guardian or carer consent will be sought by vaccination healthcare staff prior to vaccination in line with existing school vaccination programmes. Read more here. Lastly, to help your child understand what to expect after their Covid-19 vaccination, take a look at this leaflet.

A campaign supported by charities and healthcare organisations was launched on 8 October to encourage those eligible for the free flu and Covid-19 booster jabs to book their appointments as soon as possible, to help people give themselves and their loved ones the best possible protection this winter. Watch the Government’s video here for more information or visit the NHS website.

Not jabbed yet? Please book your Covid-19 vaccination or booster jab appointment online in advance with your GP practice. Walk-in opportunities, where no appointment is needed, are also available at some participating sites. Find your nearest clinic here.