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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Government restrictions

 The government is removing the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England. There are still steps you can take to reduce the risk of catching and spreading COVID-19 by: 

  • Get vaccinated 
  • Let fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meet outside 
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded or enclosed spaces 
  • Getting tested if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying home if positive, (even though this is no longer a legal requirement), you are advised to stay at home for at least 5 days so that you don't spread the virus. 

Find out more about changes to the government's Covid guidance for England 

See the government's Living with Covid Plan  

Get boosted now

Every adult in the country needs to get a COVID-19 booster vaccine, because two doses does not give you enough protection against catching Omicron.

Booked appointments are available through the national booking service by calling 119 or booking online - and walk-in options are also available. For local information on COVID vaccinations, please see the Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group website. 

Vulnerable People

The shielding programme has now ended in England. This means that people who were previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) will not be advised to shield in the future or follow specific national guidance. The government will continue to assess the situation and the risks posed by COVID-19 and, based on clinical advice, will respond accordingly to keep the most vulnerable safe.

Please see Guidance for people previously considered clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 for the most up-to-date information. 

 

Help for the Community

Please see our Help for the Community page for the current advice on shielding and support available. 

Financial help and practical support

You may be struggling because of the impacts of COVID-19 or for other reasons. Different people will be facing different sorts of challenges and Kent Together can help you find the financial help and practical support that’s right for you.

If you need help using this information, call Kent Together on 03000 41 92 92 (text relay 18001 03000 41 92 92). If you need access via British Sign Language, you can contact the Sensory Services Team via SMS on 07920 154 315 or via SignLive VRS on the community directory.

Regular testing to help stop the spread

About 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms but can still infect others. You should do a rapid test twice a week (every 3 to 4 days) to check if you have the virus. If people test positive and self-isolate, it helps stop the virus spreading. Even if you’re vaccinated, there’s still a chance you can pass COVID-19 on, so you should keep getting tested regularly.

Symptom-free home testing kits are widely available at pharmacies and workplaces across Kent and can also be ordered online and delivered to your door. Find out How to get regular rapid tests

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you need a different test called a PCR test. Find out how to Get a PCR test if you have symptoms of COVID-19 on GOV.UK

Remember - 'Hands, Face, Space. And let fresh air in'.  

Every action counts in the fight against COVID-19:

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors)
  • Fresh Air - letting fresh air into indoor spaces can reduce the risk of infection from coronavirus by over 70%. Read more on the importance of ventilation to reduce spread of COVID-19.

Please watch this short video to see why hands, face and space rules are so important.

See also Government guidance on how to stop the spread of coronavirus.  

Guidance

Vaccination in Dover District

Find out about the roll out of the vaccination programme. 

Test and Trace in Dover District

Information on booking a test online. Plus our role in reaching out to residents who have tested positive for coronavirus.  

Cases in Dover District

Information about the current levels of coronavirus in the Dover District. 

Help for the community

Information on support to help individuals and communities. 

Support for business

Information on a range of financial and non-financial support for businesses. 

COVID-19 Privacy Notice

How we may process your personal information during the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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