Thanks to everyone who’s had both vaccinations and their booster if they can, and the incredible ongoing efforts of our NHS colleagues, volunteers and key workers, we’re in a better position than previously in the pandemic.
Omicron has spread fast however and still poses a risk to everyone. We cannot be complacent.
While it’s reported that it may be a milder disease, we now know this is only the case for those who’ve had their vaccinations and boosters.
In Lincolnshire, just over 100,000 people who are eligible for a booster are yet to have it (as of 14 January) with 61,437 of these being under 50 years old.
And sadly the increase in people being hospitalised by Covid, across the country and in Lincolnshire, is being driven mostly by unvaccinated or at least not fully vaccinated people.
It's therefore still vital that you get your booster, if you've not already. You can book yours online or by calling 119.
You can also visit lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/grab-a-jab/ for details on your options.
If you’ve not had your first or second vaccination you still can, using the details above also. There’s no judgement – just a jab.
If you’re unsure about getting the vaccine for any reason, it’s a good idea to take time to look at reputable sources, such as the NHS, to help you make your decision. This is because social media can allow misinformation to spread quickly between people, and some of this misinformation can be very shocking and convincing.
If you develop Covid symptoms, you must still self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test on the Gov.uk website.
If you've no symptoms and feel healthy, it's important to still take a twice-weekly asymptomatic test to help make sure you haven't got Covid and are spreading it unintentionally. You can order a test kit to be sent to your home, or find a test pick-up location close to you.
If you test positive on a Lateral Flow Test, you MUST self-isolate immediately from the day the test was taken. You no longer need to book a PCR test however to confirm your positive test result.
The length of time you need to self-isolate for has changed but only provided you test negative on a Lateral Flow Test on day five and six of your self-isolation. If this is the case, you may leave self-isolation on day six. Read more about the rules on self-isolation.
It’s still important you test regularly for Covid.
You can order a Lateral Flow Test kit to be sent to your home.
You can also look up locations where they can be picked up.
While there has been increased demand recently, there are test kits available. You may need to try a few times before being able to order one.
If you test positive on a Lateral Flow Test, you should self-isolate immediately from the date of that positive test. You no longer need to get a PCR test to confirm your positive Lateral Flow Test result.
If you develop coronavirus symptoms you MUST still get a PCR test in the usual way: call on 119 or www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
From Monday 17 January the period which you need to self-isolate for is reducing to five full days – meaning you could leave self-isolation on day six provided you test negative on a Lateral Flow Test on day five and again 24 hours later on day six.
Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Go to Gov.uk/coronavirus - for the latest information from the UK Government.
Go to the NHS website for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
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