Living with COVID
Free COVID-19 testing for people without symptoms has now ended in line with the Government's Living with COVID scheme.
You may still be able to get free rapid lateral flow tests if you work for the NHS or in social care, are going into hospital, or you’re at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.
If you believe you may be in a group that can still access testing - guidance is available at www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus
People can book a PCR test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119.
From Friday 1st April, anyone with a positive COVID-19 test result will be advised to try to stay at home and avoid contact with other people for five days, which is when they are most infectious.
The advice says children and young people who are unwell and have a high temperature should stay at home and avoid contact with other people, where they can. They can go back to school, college or childcare when they no longer have a high temperature, and they are well enough to attend.
Sefton residents can find help, advice and guidance, as well as financial and social support at the Sefton Support Hub
The Support is a digital One Stop Shop that covers a range of areas ranging from emergency financial support to COVID-19 advice and to tips and resources for living a healthier lifestyle
Face coverings are no longer required by law in most indoor settings and the Government is no longer recommending people work from home.
Some shops and travel companies continue to recommend customers wear masks.
Also, the UK Health Security Agency's infection prevention control (IPC) guidance remains in place and patients will be asked to wear a face covering and practice good hygiene when visiting NHS facilities such as a GP practices, hospitals, dentists, walk-in or urgent treatment centres.
Venues are no longer required people to show Covid Passes to gain entry although some may continue to ask for them.
Sefton Council advice
Sefton Council is still recommending you wear face coverings on public transport and in busy indoor spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
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 as well as helping protect ourselves.
Our best protection from COVID-19 is still doses 1 and 2 of the vaccine and a booster jab as well.
You can also book vaccinations now by calling 119.
Vaccinations for children and young people
All children and young people aged 12 to 17 can get a 1st dose and 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine (including children who turn 12 on the date of vaccination).
COVID Testing in Sefton
Sefton's walk-through LFD rapid test sites, walk through PCR test sites and drive-through mobile test sites will be closed from Friday 1st April.
Clinically extremely vulnerable people
People who are clinically extremely vulnerable you are advised to only go out for medical appointments, exercise or if it is essential. We recommend that you do not attend work.
Vaccinations offer the very best protection 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.
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.
No vaccine is 100% effective, and it takes both jabs and a booster to build up the most effective protection.
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.
If you don’t have COVID symptoms please continue taking free, rapid Lateral Flow Tests twice a week. These help identify people who may have COVID but are not showing any symptoms.
Anyone who produces a positive Lateral Flow Test or shows symptoms of COVID - a new persistent cough, raised temperature or loss of taste or smell - should book a PCR test and they should stay home and self-isolate until they receive their PCR test result.
Find our Easy Read guide to testing below
|Asymptomatic Testing Easy Read||(pdf 733KB)|
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