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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 expect after their Covid-19 vaccination, take a look at this leaflet.

The NHS Test and Trace team has recently seen a rising number of positive LFD results subsequently showing negative results on PCR. This is predominantly affecting people in the South West of England.

Following an investigation, NHS Test and Trace is working with one laboratory to determine the root cause of any issue which could potentially have led to inaccurate PCR results being issued. Testing has been suspended at the laboratory as a precautionary measure while investigations continue.

There is no evidence of any faults in the LFD or PCR test kits, as this is an issue relating to how the test results were processed at this one laboratory. The public should remain confident using LFD and PCR test kits.

If you get a positive LFD test result, it’s crucial to have a follow up PCR test to confirm. If you have Covid symptoms, please self-isolate and take a PCR test.

Remember, we all have an important role to play in protecting others as much as we can by following the national guidelines, reducing the spread of the virus, and most importantly, getting vaccinated.

From 24 October eligible fully vaccinated passengers, and most under 18s, arriving in England from countries not on the red list can take a lateral flow test on or before day 2 of their arrival instead of a PCR test. Lateral flow tests can be booked from 22 October. For more information, click here.

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.

The Health Secretary has announced that the government will accept the recommendations of the JCVI to roll out a booster programme for people over 50 this autumn. The NHS in England expects this to begin from 20 September, and it will contact people to invite them to book their appointment at the appropriate time (six months after their second jab).  Read more here.

Not jabbed yet? Find a walk-in clinic near you. No appointment needed. If you live in Bracknell Forest, Slough or Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, you can simply pop into a walk-in vaccination clinic. No appointment needed. Find your nearest clinic here.

From Monday 16 August, people aged 18 and 6 months or under, and people who are double vaccinated, who have been identified as a close contact of a positive Covid-19 case, will no longer be legally required to self-isolate unless they work in Health and Social care. Instead of self-isolating, close contacts are advised to take a PCR test as soon as possible. More information is available here.
Health and Social Care workers are required to take a PCR test immediately. Where the PCR result is negative and they undertake daily lateral flow testing, may they return to work subject to a risk assessment. Full details can be accessed here.

Young people aged 16 and 17 are now eligible to receive a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTec Covid-19 vaccination. You will be contacted by the NHS when it’s your turn to get the vaccine. You cannot book your appointment online, although some walk-in vaccination sites are offering vaccines to people aged 16 and 17. Find out more here.
Anyone aged 18 or over can book their vaccination appointment now. If you are eligible, you can book online here. You can also use this link to check whether you are among the other groups currently eligible for the vaccine. If you are not yet eligible, please wait to be contacted. The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have the vaccine.

From 11 November 2021 all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated unless they are exempt under the regulations. The new legislation is designed to ensure that care homes are as safe as possible for the staff working in them and the people they care for. The last date for care home workers to get their first dose so they are fully vaccinated by the time regulations come into force is 16 September. Find out more here.