Covid-19 Updates; Mask Wearing and Booster Vaccinations

The public are being reminded by NHS England that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday, July 19. However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

Please visit the NHS website for more details on wearing face coverings in healthcare settings.

Covid Boosters

Following advice given by the JCVI, the NHS is getting ready to offer a COVID-19 booster to everyone aged 18 or over.

The NHS will prioritise those at greatest risk, starting with clinically vulnerable people. The NHS will then invite others in descending age order and will get in touch to let people know when it’s their turn.

In the meantime, if you are aged 40 or over, you can get your booster at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by calling 119.

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS for your booster and don’t turn up at vaccination clinics unless you are eligible for a 1st/2nd or booster dose.

Up-to-date eligibility information and details of local clinics are available at: www.surreyheartlandsccg.nhs.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-centres