Coronavirus information

 

COVID-19 is an illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.

Below is some simple advice about what you can do to protect yourself from coronavirus and to support your community to stay well.

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination and how this is working in Sefton on our website here.

  

Latest updates

The latest national updates on coronavirus from the Public Health England & the Department of Health and Social Care can be found at: gov.uk/coronavirus 

The latest NHS advice, including information on the COVID-19 vaccination service is available here: nhs.uk/coronavirus

 

Coronavirus measures

The Prime Minister has set out new measures following the emergence of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus in the UK. From 30 November 2021:

  • All international arrivals must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result.
  • Anyone suspected of having the new Omicron variant of the virus must self-isolate, regardless of their vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • Face coverings will be made compulsory in shops and on public transport. All hospitality settings will be exempt.

More information

Find more information on the measures and what you can and cannot do on the government website here.

Find information on support and FAQs from Sefton Council here.

 

There are simple actions we must all do to keep on protecting each other

  • Wash hands - keep washing your hands regularly
  • Cover face - wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
  • Make space - stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or other precaution
  • Fresh air - let fresh air in. We're much safer in the fresh air because COVID-19 particles are blown away, so meet outside and keep a safe distance.

Read the latest guidance for staying alert and safe and see FAQs which explain what you can and can't do.

 

COVID-19 vaccination programme

Everyone aged over 12 is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

People aged 16 and over can get their vaccine at a walk-in site or by booking an appointment by phone or online:

If you no longer need your appointment slot, please remember to cancel it so that others may use it and vaccines don’t go to waste. Thank you.

COVID-19 vaccination for children aged 12-15

The school immunisation services is offering COVID-19 vaccinations in secondary schools. You can find out more about this on the Mersey Care website here. If you have any questions or need any support you can contact your local immunisation team at: 0151 247 6130.

12-15 year olds can now also book their COVID-19 vaccine using the national booking page here: uk/covid-vaccination. 

Please note that 12-15 year olds are not able to attend walk-in sites for their vaccine.

COVID-19 booster vaccines

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 6 months ago.

You can now book your COVID-19 booster online if it's been 5 months since you had your 2nd dose. You'll be offered appointment dates from 6 months after the date of your 2nd dose.

You can read about who is currently eligible here.

Third primary doses for immunosuppressed people

Some people are eligible for a third primary dose of the COVID-19 vaccine because they are immunosuppressed, either because of an underlying health condition or a long-term chronic condition where medication affects their immunity. This third primary dose is different from a booster as set out above.

Clinicians are identifying patients who may need a third dose because they are immunosuppressed. Many people will also have received a direct letter from the NHS advising that they may be eligible, which they can use to discuss options with their GP or consultant if they have not done so already.

Patients who have not yet been contacted but think they are eligible should speak to their consultant or GP. 

Health and social care workers 

The Government has announced that all health and social care workers, including volunteers who have face-to-face contact with service users, will have to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You can read more about this here.

COVID-19 booster vaccines for health and social care workers

The National Vaccination Booking Service is open for health and social care workers to book their booster jabs, which will be available six months or 26 weeks after they have had their second jab. There won’t be any invitations sent to health and social care workers, and proof of employment may be required.

More information

For information about the COVID-19 vaccine on the NHS website, click here.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 vaccination on our website here.


What to do if you have coronavirus symptoms

You should immediately self-isolate and stay at home if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • a high temperature (37.8C or over)
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)


Contact the NHS 111 coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • you feel breathless and it's getting worse
  • your symptoms get worse and you're not sure what to do

Please visit 111.nhs.uk online in the first instance. Only call 111 if you need help urgently. BSL users can use the NHS 111 video interpreter service

DO NOT go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. 


Self isolating

Click here for the guidance on self isolating. 


People at higher risk from coronavirus 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) can make anyone seriously ill. But for some people, the risk is higher.

There are 2 levels of higher risk:

  • high risk (clinically extremely vulnerable)
  • moderate risk (clinically vulnerable)

You can read more about these levels and who is at higher risk on the NHS website here.

Testing 

Click here for national guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

For information on testing in Sefton including locations of mobile testing units in the area, please click here.

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, new continuous cough or loss/change of taste or smell or other symptoms that may be related to COVID) you can obtain a test by visiting nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. If the test is positive, you must follow the guidance including self-isolating immediately. More information on self-isolating can be found here.

Click here to see NHS test and trace explained in five South Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Sylheti, Tamil and Urdu).

 

Cases

The data and statistics on COVID-19 cases is compiled by Public Health England, in the COVID-19 dashboard available here. 

The MSOA (Middle Layer Super Output Area) map allows you to type in a postcode to see how many cases there are in areas of around 7,000 people.

 
Face coverings 

From 19 July, the requirement to wear face coverings in law was lifted. However, everyone accessing or visiting healthcare facilities must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules. Find out more here.

The Government recommends that members of the public continue to wear face coverings in crowded and enclosed spaces where you come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. Find out more face coverings and what you should do to protect yourself and others here.

 

Need help and support?

In Sefton if you need help for you or someone in your household, we recommend that you call Sefton Council on 0345 140 0845 or fill in their online form to ask for support. Find out more here.  

Other organisations providing support and information

There is a wide range of often independent and charitable organisations who offer advice, resources and support for you and the people you care for.

These organisations often specialise in providing tailored information for people with specific communications or information requirements relating to things like disability, ethnicity, gender or age. Click here for a list of some of these useful organisations. 


Health and wellbeing

Click here for information and resources on health and wellbeing and coronavirus. 


Alternative formats and translations

Access alternative formats and translations on coronavirus advice and guidance here.