Infographic. Living with Covid-19
The government has announced that, because levels of immunity are now high and deaths are low, we can move to the next phase of the Covid-19 response, ‘Living with Covid-19’. The objective is to enable the country to manage Covid-19 like other respiratory illnesses. The government will be removing remaining domestic restrictions in England, subject to appropriate parliamentary scrutiny. For more information please see our ‘Living with Covid-19 Overview’ page or gov.uk.
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Check out our new Berkshire Monthly Covid-19 Briefing which has been produced to share the latest, relevant local Covid-19 information. To see the report click here.
Our website has now been updated with all the latest guidance to reflect the government’s decision to move towards managing Covid-19 in a similar way to other respiratory infections. Please continue to use it to find the information you need.
From 1 April, the government will no longer be providing free universal symptomatic and asymptomatic testing for most people. You may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19. In addition, they are no longer recommending the use of voluntary Covid status certification in England. However, you may still need a Covid Pass for travel. For more information click here.
Spring Covid-19 boosters are now available for people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes, plus people aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system. To find out more please see gov.uk. To book your spring booster visit the NHS website.
From 4am on Friday 18 March, you do not need to take any Covid-19 tests or fill in a passenger locator form when travelling to the UK from abroad. These changes apply whether you are fully vaccinated or not. For more information visit gov.uk.
From 24 February, you will not be legally required to self isolate if you test positive for Covid-19 in England. However, stay at home if you can to avoid contact with people. In addition, you will not be required to take daily tests, or to self-isolate, following contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. For more information visit gov.uk.
From 27 January, you will not be required to wear a face covering, including in communal areas of schools, but you should continue to wear one in crowded and indoor spaces where you may come into contact with people you do not normally meet.
You will also no longer need to show your NHS Covid Pass at venues and events by law. For more information visit gov.uk.
Ready, Steady, Boost!
Ready: get your first jab. Steady: get your second jab. Boost: for maximum protection.
From Monday 17 January, everyone aged 16 and over, who had a 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago, will be able to book their booster jab. Parents and guardians of people at higher risk of severe illness from Covid-19 between 12 to 15 years old, or those living with people at higher risk, will also be contacted to book a booster. Please respond to an invitation from your GP surgery as soon as you receive it, or book your appointment via Booster dose of the coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccine – NHS (www.nhs.uk) or call 119. If you are unable to attend your appointment, please cancel it rather than simply not attending. Cancelling will allow someone to take your place so that every day we are protecting as many people as possible. Please also note that the 15-minute observation period after your Covid-19 vaccination has now been suspended, unless you previously suffered from a reaction. For more information click here.
12 to 15 year olds can now get their second dose of the coronavirus vaccine. For more information click here. To find out out how to book an appointment click here. To help your child understand what to expect after their Covid-19 vaccination, take a look at this leaflet.