The government guidance to Covid-19 is now as follows:
The Government has now announced as of the 24th February 2022 that it is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 and we want to further reassure you that Coronavirus (www.nhs.uk – Coronavirus (COVID-19)) will be mild for the vast majority, but it can be more of a significant infection in the elderly and the vulnerable so we therefore need everyone to continue to be mindful to help protect this group. These are the steps we can take to continue to reduce the risk:
- Get vaccinated
- Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside
- Consider wearing a face covering in crowded, enclosed spaces
- [Get tested (www.nhs.uk – Get tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)) if you have symptoms and stay at home if positive
Despite this new update face coverings will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control and adult social care guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. They may also be worn by everyone accessing or visiting care homes. This therefore means when visiting the surgery we ask you to continue to wear a face covering.
Find out how you can help reduce the risks and the government’s plan for living with COVID-19.
For more information and guidance:
- www.nhs.uk – When to stay at home if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do
Drop in (Walk in) Clinics for Covid Vaccines
If you are still to have your first, second or Booster vaccine then you can visit www.covid19.glos.nhs.uk/vaccinations to see the drop in clinics that are coming up in Gloucestershire outlining any conditions on the sessions such as vaccine type or age group.
Residents can choose to make an appointment at a pharmacy location in the county – Boots in Gloucester, Badhams Pharmacy in Bishops Cleeve, Cainscross Pharmacy in Stroud and Cirencester or Day Lewis and Allied Pharmacy in the Forest of Dean, subject to availability. Some out of county services/centres may be available to certain residents in priority groups (based on where they live).
If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, testing, NHS COVID pass and more contact 119 which are free from mobiles and landlines and are open every day from 07:00-23:00.
Covid vaccinations given outside the UK
The Government now has an approved process for those patients who receive their Covid vaccinations outside of England to have this information updated on to their records in order to have a Covid Vaccine pass or to be eligible for a Booster vaccination.
Please see www.nhs.uk – Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you’ve had abroad for full details.
Please do not contact the surgery regarding this as unfortunately we are unable to assist with updating this onto your records.
Covid Pass for 12-15 year olds
The government has now issued guidance around accessing the Covid pass for 12-15 year olds for travel purposes.
- Fully vaccinated 12 to 15 year olds are now able to access a NHS COVID Pass letter for international travel
- Follows government decision to extend the vaccination programme to include offer of both doses of vaccine to all 12 to 15 year olds
- Children remain exempt from certification in domestic settings and at the UK border
Children in England who have had a full course of a COVID-19 vaccination will be eligible for an NHS COVID Pass letter for travel from Monday 13 December. This will allow those children who have had both doses of an approved vaccine to travel to countries, including Spain and Canada, which now require 12 to 15 year olds to be fully vaccinated in order to gain entry, avoid isolation, or access venues or services.
Proof of vaccination will initially be provided via a letter service including an internationally recognised 2D barcode, with a digital solution via NHS.UK to be rolled out early next year. The letter service can be accessed by calling 119 or via NHS.UK.
Please do not contact the surgery regarding this as we are unable to assist.