Coronavirus (Covid-19) Advice and Support

Updated 17 January 2022

Every eligible 16 and 17-year-old will be able to book their vital booster jab online from today (Monday 17 January) as the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history continues to expand.

Around 40,000 teens will be eligible for their top-up dose through the national booking service, with more able to get boosted in the coming weeks as they reach three months since their second jab.

Invites will be sent out this week encouraging people in this group to book their appointment through the online booking service, calling 119, or by finding their nearest walk-in site as soon as they can.

Since the vaccination programme rolled out to this age group in August, more than 889,700 teens – seven in 10 people aged 16 and 17 – have had their first dose.

More than 600,000 in this age group have had their second jab.

Recent data from the UK Health Security Agency showed that two doses of the vaccine are not enough to stop people becoming unwell from Omicron, but a booster significantly increases protection against the variant.

In line with JCVI guidance, the NHS cannot vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds within 12 weeks (84 days) of a positive COVID-19 test.

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You can find the latest information here.

What to do if you think you have COVID-19

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, however mild, you should still book to receive a PCR test. Find your closest test centre.
  • You should regularly test for COVID-19 using lateral flow devices, even if you don’t have symptoms. One in three people with COVID don’t have symptoms and could be spreading the virus without knowing it. Find out how to get the tests. 
  • If you have not been fully vaccinated, or if you have tested positive, you should still isolate if you’re contacted by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law. Find out more.
  • If you’re returning from abroad, you should ensure you understand the rules around testing and quarantining before travel. You should also ensure that you keep up-to-date with changes to those rules, even while you are away. Find out more.
  • You should be cautious in crowded areas or when mixing indoors. Face coverings, open windows and mixing with fewer people is recommended to reduce the risk.
  • Regular handwashing or using hand sanitiser makes it harder for the virus to spread. 
  • If you are not yet vaccinated, the best thing you can do is to get your jabs, as soon as you can. Find out more.

Other useful links

 

  •  Up-to-date NHS information on coronavirus, including symptoms, testing, vaccinations, self-isolation and NHS COVID Pass are at
     www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19
  • NHS 111  can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do

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