Here you can find all you need to know about the virus and ways to support yourself and your loved ones whilst in self isolation. We’re a community. We’re in this together.
The latest advice (30 August 2023)
The government has announced that an autumn booster vaccine for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be offered to the most vulnerable from 11 September 2023. The vaccine will be offered to:
- Residents in a care home for older adults.
- All adults aged 65 years and over.
- People aged 6 months to 64 years in a clinical risk group, as defined in tables 3 and 4 of the COVID-19 chapter of the Green Book.
- Frontline health and social care workers.
- People aged 12 to 64 years who are household contacts, as defined in the Green Book, of people with immunosuppression.
- People aged 16 to 64 years who are carers, as defined in the Green Book, and staff working in care homes for older adults.
If you are eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine, you should wait to be contacted by your local provider. The NHS will start to invite people to book an appointment from 11 September.
Flu vaccines will also be offered from 11 September. If your local provider has both flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines, you might be given them both at the same appointment.
Read more about autumn 2023 COVID-19 booster vaccines.
Although shielding has been paused, the government advises clinically extremely vulnerable people to continue taking extra precautions to protect themselves. This includes people with pulmonary fibrosis. Read more about the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
People are advised to:
- Meet outside if possible.
- Make sure any indoor space where you meet is well-ventilated.
- Consider whether the people you will meet have been vaccinated.
- Work from home, where possible.
- Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.