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Covid-19

COVID-19 Restrictions

The Government has announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant. This means:

  • From Friday 10 December face masks are required in most public settings - including theatres and cinemas. 
  • From 13 December, office workers who can work from home should do so
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. 

You should also follow the Government's COVID-19 restriction guidelines:

Find out what this means and what rules to follow at gov.uk

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 the Dover District

NHS vaccination information 

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.

Please see COVID-19 vaccination on NHS.UK for information on who can get the vaccine, how to book or manage your appointment, information on vaccine safety, and vaccines. 

Kent and Medway CCG vaccination information

The Kent and Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Covid-19 vaccination webpage provides information about the progress of the rollout of the vaccination programme across Kent and Medway. This includes a list and map of the current vaccination sites, information on who can get a vaccine, as well as the number of vaccines that have been administered to date. 

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