Since Monday 19th July, most COVID restriction have been lifted because England is now in Step 4 of the Government's roadmap.
Vaccinations offer the very best protection against against serious COVID-19 infection.
Being healthy or young doesn’t reduce your risk of catching COVID-19 or passing it on, which is why it is important to get a vaccination when it is offered to you.
The COVID-19 vaccination will reduce the chance of you suffering from COVID-19 disease.
However, even when fully vaccinated, you can still have the virus and pass it on to to others - especially to those who have not been vaccinated. This could be dangerous for people who are vulnerable to COVID-19.
No vaccine is 100% effective, and it takes both jabs to build up the most effective protection.
Because the protection from the vaccine slowly reduces, booster vaccine doses are being made available through the NHS for people who have already had 2 jabs and who are most at risk from COVID-19.
The vaccines that are being used have been shown to be effective and no safety concerns were seen in studies of tens of thousands of people.
By mid-September almost 82% of people aged over 16 in the UK, had received both doses of the vaccine. Over 89% had received their first dose. And vulnerable people are starting to be contacted about their third, booster vaccinations.
Sefton GP, Dr Pete Chamberlain has shared this video on the local COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Staff giving you the vaccine will be wearing personal protective equipment and will follow all cleaning and disinfection requirements.
The UK’s national Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advised on 16th April, 2021 that pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine.
In its statement, the Committee said that there have been no specific safety concerns identified with any brand of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines in relation to pregnancy. This means the vaccines should be offered to pregnant women at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.
In this video, JCVI member Dr Maggie Wearmouth provides advice about COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy.
However, the Government has kept a number of key protections in place. And, with infection rates locally and nationally, Sefton Council is also recommending continued caution.
Sefton Council recommends you continue:
- wearing face coverings on public transport and in busy indoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible;
- getting tested if you do or don’t have coronavirus symptoms;
- getting fully vaccinated with both jabs as soon as you can.
By wearing masks, we can protect ourselves but also those around us while we are carrying COVID but not showing symptoms. And we can do this even if we have had both vaccine jabs.
Buses, trains shops, supermarkets GP surgeries and hospitals are all places where mask-wearing can make people feel safer.
If you don’t have COVID symptoms please continue taking free, rapid Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. These help confirm they are not among the people who carry COVID but don’t show the symptoms, which includes those who have been fully vaccinated, who can infect others.
Anyone who does show the coronavirus symptoms - a new persistent cough, raised temperature or loss of taste or smell - should take a rapid Lateral Flow Tests and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive. And they should stay home and self-isolate until they have the PCR test.
Find our Easy Read guide to testing below
|Asymptomatic Testing Easy Read||(pdf 733KB)|
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or a positive test result should stay at home and self-isolate immediately.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should arrange to have a PCR test as soon as possible. This still applies even if you have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
If you live in the same household as someone with COVID-19, you should stay at home and self-isolate.
If you are fully vaccinated or aged under 18 years and 6 months you will not be required to self-isolate if you are a contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
You may be entitled to a one-off payment of £500 through the NHS Test and Trace Support Payment scheme if you are required to stay at home and self-isolate or you are the parent or guardian of a child who has been told to self-isolate.
Vaccination is still the safest and most effective way of avoiding COVID infection and potential serious illness. It also helps prevent you passing the virus on to someone else, although not 100%.
Anyone aged 18 or over can now book a vaccination appointment or go to one of Sefton’s walk-in sites or vaccine centres.
You can find more Easy Read documents about what to expect at your vaccine appointment and some reassurance about fertility and the vaccine on the government website.
Businesses and Employers
In addition to individuals continuing mask-wearing, testing and getting vaccinated, organisations and employers should continue to ensure workplaces are as safe as they can be with hand washing facilities and proper ventilation with external fresh air in place.
Adult Social Care
Care homes will have to complete a risk assessment and develop a visiting policy which will determine if visits can go ahead and how they will be facilitated.
Care homes with outbreaks are not able to open to visitors.
The guidance can be found here
The Alzheimer's Society have some guidance on care home visits during COVID.
You can read it here