Coronavirus update

Summer Is Here – But Remember to Stay Safe (COVID Update – 11 June 2021)

As we enjoy the summer, please remember to keep following the latest guidance and stay safe.  For the latest information, please see the GOV.UK website – and remember hands, face, space, fresh air.

Lockdown latest

From 17 May, you can meet indoors in a group of up to 6 people or 2 households, including for overnight stays. Up to 30 people can meet outside. Pubs, theatres and other venues can open indoors. Hotels, hostels and B&Bs can open for people on holiday.

For full information on what you can and cannot do, please see the latest guidance on the GOV.UK website.

The next step in the Government’s ‘roadmap’ is set to take place no earlier than 21 June. Please see the latest information on the Government website.

Symptom-free testing

Symptom-free home testing kits are now widely available at hundreds of pharmacies and workplaces across Kent and can also be ordered online and delivered to your door.

Everyone without symptoms should get tested twice per week. Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 have no symptoms, so it’s important to get tested regularly to make sure you are not unknowingly spreading the virus.

There is also a KCC symptom-free test site at Sandwich Guildhall. For more details, or to book a symptom-free test at one of the KCC sites, please go to the KCC website.

If you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you should NOT visit a symptom-free testing site and continue to self-isolate. You can book a test for people with symptoms by visiting the GOV.UK website or by calling 119.

Vaccinations update

The NHS is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations to people aged 25 and over in England.  For more details on vaccinations, please see the NHS website.

The Covid-19 vaccine is being offered at local vaccination centres run by GPs, at large vaccination centres, in some pharmacies and some hospitals. For the latest local details, please see the CCG website.

The vaccine is currently being given to people who:

  • Are aged 25 or over
  • Will turn 25 before 1 July 2021
  • Are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • Are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
  • Have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
  • Have a learning disability
  • Are a main carer for someone at high risk from coronavirus.

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