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This page gives useful contacts and links to help and advice about Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Guidance and Support from central government:

Latest government information:

Vaccination Information

The COVID-19 vaccine is a safe, effective way to protect ourselves from coronavirus.

COVID-19 is more serious in older people and in people with certain underlying health conditions. For these reasons, people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes, and those aged 6 months and over with a weakened immune system are being offered a spring dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

You should be offered an appointment between April and June, with those at highest risk being called in first. You will be invited to have your booster around 6 months after your last dose, but you can have it as soon as 3 months.

If you are turning 75 years of age between April and June, you do not have to wait until your birthday, you can attend when you are called for vaccination.

You will be invited for your booster, your GP may offer you the vaccine or you can book using the NHS app for Apple or Android. You can also find your nearest walk-in vaccination site from the NHS website.

Private Vaccinations

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) have approved the private sale of Covid booster shots which could be available to those who are not in the above groups.

  • Boots will begin selling Covid-19 vaccines in select stores from April costing £98.95
  • Pharmadoctor, an organisation that works with a network of UK pharmacies, would be rolling out private Covid-19 jabs starting in April costing £45-£85

Coronavirus Testing

Free tests for COVID-19 from the NHS has now ended for most people in England.

A small number of people who are at high risk from COVID-19 will still be able to get free NHS tests.

You can purchase Lateral Flow Tests from pharmacies and testing companies.  Examples of High St pharmacies who can supply tests in-store or online are: 

Accessible Advice 

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Signhealth a leading Deaf charity, has translated Coronavirus information from Public Health England and the Department of Health and Social Care into BSL.

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Mencap has information which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), testing and vaccinations

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How to protect yourself

The latest information and advice from the NHS website:

Last updated: 27/03/2024